The List of Predecessors to the Lotus Evija That You Didn’t Know Existed
Lotus just took a big step into the future by launching the Evija, its first-ever hypercar and first fully electric vehicle. Also likely to become the world most powerful production car, the Evija is a rather unusual car for an automaker known for affordable and lightweight sports cars. But as surprising as the Evija might seem, the truth is Lotus has been working with electrified drivetrains since the late 2000s. That’s a full decade of EVs and hybrids that haven’t received the attention they deserved. Granted, they’re all concept cars that never made it into production, but their existence signalled Lotus’ intentions. Also, several automakers based a handful of electrified vehicles on Lotus platforms. Let’s have a closer look at them.
The Most Anticipated Cars Coming in 2020
This is not a time to dwell on what 2019 brought to the car world. Sure, it was a full year, scattered with intriguing debuts and paradigm-shifting new cars, but as things stand, 2020 will pick up where 2019 left off when it comes to debuts of all sorts.
We’re going to see some iconic nameplates getting a resurrection just as we’ll see more and more electric cars of all shapes and sizes rushing to the market. What’s more, the sports car slash supercar world is ready to receive some exciting names, so stick with us to find out which are the most anticipated cars coming in 2020.
Every Concept Car That We Covered in 2019
Now that 2019 is in the books, we thought it was a good time to look back at all the new concepts that we covered throughout the year. There were so many, in fact, that we couldn’t even cover them all, but we sure did cover a lot of them. And, a significant portion of them were noteworthy in their own right.
Take the 2019 Jeep Gladiator by Katzkin Leather, for example. It was a perfect representation of how a tuner or upholsterer can make a rugged off-roader like the Gladiator as elegant as some of the most luxurious models on the planet. Then we have the Renault EZ-Ultimo that gave us a look into the future of what cars might be like just decades down the road. Some cars simply paved the way and prepared us for what was to come – I’m talking about models like the BMW Concept 4 or the Mercedes Concept GLB.
These models aside, we’re actually naming 2019 as the “Year of Concepts,” and we’ve added a full list of every concept review we wrote in the last year just a little further down the page. So, take a short walk with us as we take a stroll down memory lane and revisit some of this years awesome concept cars.
All Cars Discontinued for 2020
2019 brought more than a hundred new vehicle into dealerships, but it was also the final year for quite a few models.
Whether really old platforms or slow sellers, some important nameplates went into the history books and won’t be available for purchase in 2020. Here’s a list of the 13 cars that you will no longer find in dealerships in 2020.
The Best and Worst Concept Cars of 2019
Concept cars used to be a much rarer thing back in the day. Back in the 1960s, carmakers didn’t build many at all. Budgets were tighter, technologies were fewer, so most companies barely unveiled one per year, if not fewer. 50 years later and carmakers launch tens of concepts per year. We saw too many to count in 2019, but we remembered a few of them. We remember some for being cool, but we also remember a few concept cars for being some of the worst we’ve seen in years. In this list, I discuss the five best and five worst concepts launched in 2019.
Year End Review - The Best New Cars of 2019
The car scene, as we know it, is changing on an almost daily basis. Gone are the days when you’d have to wait months or years in a row for a big-name car launch to happen. These days it’s go, go, go whether we’re talking supercars, electric cars, SUVs, or even pickup trucks.
So, here’s a list of 2019’s best new cars. Some are impressive through their performances while others open new niches, try to change a brand’s way of thinking, or simply looking to address some of the modern mobility issues. That said, here are our picks for the best new cars of 2019.
Year End Review - The Absolute Worst New Cars of 2019
2019 was a great year for the auto industry. We’re seen hundreds of debuts that included awesome supercars, cool sports cars, roomy SUVs, and innovative electric vehicles.
Several iconic nameplates, including the Volkswagen Golf, Porsche 911, and Toyota Supra, spawned new generations, while crazy-looking models like the Tesla Cybertruck made their global debuts. But the industry also had its share of not-so-spectacular debuts and we’re here to discuss just that in a list that features the worst debuts of 2019.
Santa’s Favorite Red Factory Car Paints
When it comes to cool factory car paints, there are plenty to choose from nowadays and even more if we look in the past. But what if we restrict it to just one color? After all, it’s Christmas and almost everything about this season is red, including Santa’s coat and sleigh. The answer is that there are quite a few cool red hues to choose from. Better said, Santa has plenty of choices for his garage.
While black, white, and silver make up the holy trinity of popular car colors in 2018, red remains in the top 10. It might not be as popular as it used to be a few decades ago, but the fact that automakers keep rolling out exciting shades of red is proof that people are still buying. Let’s have a look at Santa’s favorite red factory paints ever offered.
The Best Vehicles For a Holiday Road Trip in 2019
We’re literally a few days away from Christmas. It’s hard to imagine what most of you are doing, though I suspect that you’re either scrambling to buy Christmas gifts or you’re preparing for the Christmas family vacation. I understand the pressure that comes with either of the two scenarios, though I will confess that I fall into the latter category. I’m preparing the Christmas family vacation, too, and, as you might expect, I’m gearing up the family SUV to prepare for the long road ahead for the family reunion. With that in mind, I picked out the best vehicles for the Christmas family vacation with the hope that if you have any of these rides, you can take the road this holiday season with confidence.
What Will Santa Drive for Christmas 2019?
We all know Santa uses a reindeer-powered sleigh to move around, but what if he’s also a gearhead? I mean, he’s been around long enough to witness the evolution of the automobile, I’m pretty sure he likes them and drives a few cars in his free time. But what would he drive for Christmas in 2019?
Choosing just one car is extremely difficult so I went with five. A vehicle for a different purpose. Truck and SUVs to haul goods, a sedan to relax in the back seat, a sports car for a bit of fun, and a vintage car simply because Santa seems to be a classy guy. Let’s see what Mr. Claus will drive this year for Christmas in the list below.
7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Buy a Lamborghini
Admit it. At some point in your gearhead life you’ve fantasized about owning a Lamborghini, be it the Miura, Countach, Diablo, Huracan, Murcielago or the hardcore Aventador SVJ. And chances are you haven’t given up on that dream. Heck, some of you might even own a Lambo or two as you read this, yet those who don’t are about to find out that there are reasons against the decision of buying a Lamborghini.
You read that right. Buying a Lamborghini is what dreams are made of and actually doing it sounds like the best decision ever, but in some cases, it might prove the opposite. So stick with us for some good reasons why you shouldn’t buy a Lamborghini.
All the Cars from the Ford v Ferrari Movie
Ford v. Ferrari, Hollywood’s latest stab at tackling a racing film, has fans still drooling over its enthralling story and, more importantly, the cohorts of legendary cars that appear on the big screen. Casual movie-goers relish the opportunity of seeing Matt Damon and Christian Bale together for the first time but, for us, it’s all about the Fords, the Ferraris, and everything in between when it comes to this blockbuster.
In 2020, we’ll celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1970 Le Mans 24 Hours, a race expertly - if lacking in a proper plot - showcased in Le Mans, the 1971 movie that Steve McQueen put everything on the line for. Over four decades later, we’ve got another movie centered around those old country roads in France. This time, the talk of the town is Ford’s legendary grudge match against the Prancing Horse from Maranello. The trip down memory lane that director James Mangold prepared for us is littered with some of history’s most revered automobiles so it’s only fitting that we take a moment to talk about them - one by one.
Small 2019 SUVs Ranked From Worst to Best
Small SUVs barged into the market completely changing the automotive landscape and the expectations of fellow drivers. Suddenly, the performance and driving enjoyment that were rather high on the imaginary list of features that customers religiously craved for gave up place to cargo space and connectivity. Now, I am here to rank 13 small SUVs from worst to best. Trying to be as objective as possible, I have compared several main features trying to get a clearer picture. I am comparing the size, engine, cargo capacity, price, and connectivity. The 13 SUVs ranked here do make the bulk of all small SUV segment. Not one of them is longer than 177 inches, and all but one have a wheelbase shorter than 106 inches.
Interestingly enough, some of the most recognizable names that built up the small SUV kingdom aren’t here anymore. SUVs like the Toyota RAV4, the Honda CR-V, or the Mazda CX-5, somehow do not feel as little as they did a decade ago. Plus, all of them overshoot my length/wheelbase limit.
Most Powerful Cars and SUVs Under $30,000 in 2019
These are the most powerful vehicles under $30,000. Some of them offer an insane amount of raw power for the money, and we can thank the good ol’ capitalism and the competitive market for that.
Horsepower wars realistically started when the second car was invented, and, whether you like it or not, horsepower sells. This list, thankfully, shows that we live in a time when you can get the most bang for your buck, all thanks to your unsatiated need for speed and raw power. To give you a glimpse of the sheer horsepower insanity behind the sub-$30k price cap, let me tell you that you can have a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado with 310 horsepower for less than that. If you, however, like the appeal of a muscle car, then the Ford Mustang EcoBoost with 350 pound-feet of torque and 310 horsepower could soothe your need for power.
Despite the incredible power/price ratio of 300+ horsepower for less than $30,000, this is not the most you can get for your money, as you’re about to find out.
Black Friday Car Deals 2019
Black Friday might be the day synonymous with risking death to get a great deal on a year-old TV, but it’s also the perfect time to get a good deal on a new car. Black Friday can net you some pretty sweet new car deals that include 0% financing, “employee pricing,” no payments for 90 days, and even a decent chunk of cashback. The trick is to know where to look, so we’ve put together a list of the best new car Black Friday deals that we can find.
2020 Toyota Supra lineup for SEMA 2019
Toyota’s usual lineup for the SEMA Show is centered mostly around SUVs and trucks, but the 2019 edition brings the fifth-generation Supra into the spotlight. The Japanese carmaker took the 2019 SEMA Show by storm with a handful of modified Supras, either built by aftermarket tuners or developed by Toyota itself to preview upcoming parts and accessories. Here’s the four most interesting coupes you’ll find on the show floor.
Ferrari’s One-Off Creations is A List of the Most Desirable Prancing Horses of All Time
Back in 2008, Ferrari launched its One-Off personalization program to a lot of fanfare at that year’s Geneva Motor Show. The goal was to give Maranello’s most important clients the opportunity to create their own Ferraris. It’s been over a decade since that announcement, and it’s safe to say that Ferrari’s program has become a resounding success. Every year, a number of one-off Ferraris enter our lives, commissioned by an individual who Ferrari deems as one of its VIPs. Models like the 2012 Ferrari SP Arya, 2014 Ferrari SP FFX, and 2018 Ferrari SP38 Deborah have been built. Each of these one-offs is unique from every other Ferrari in existence, largely because they came to life as a result of someone’s vision for his or her perfect Ferrari. The 2019 Ferrari P80/C is the latest one-off Ferrari to arrive, but given the success Ferrari has had with the program and the growing demand among customers to get their own “1of1s” — there’s a five-year waitlist, in case you qualify — the P80/C won’t be the last one-off Ferrari in the world. On the contrary, this first ten years of the whole program could be just the beginning of what will most likely turn into one of Ferrari’s most successful customer-centric programs in its long and illustrious history. In case you haven’t paid attention over the last ten years, check out some of the most memorable one-off models that Ferrari has created.
7 Of The Best Resto-Mod Cars
The world of resto-mods is the promise land of beautiful, vintage, bodyworks on top of modern, state of the art, powertrains with performance figures that embarrass modern sports cars. Be it an Alfa Romeo on steroids, a Mercedes bettered by AMG themselves, a Bronco that looks 35 years old but very much isn’t under the skin, the variety in restomods is ever increasing with quality as the main differentiator between the good, the really good and the exceptional.
The automotive industry has created some real design icons over the years, cars like the Mercedes 300 SL, the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA, or the Porsche 911 remain etched into the minds of many petrolheads. Such emblematic designs seem to never age but, sadly, the engineering-wise, they are all outdated. Of course, you get a kick out of driving them merely because you get a chance to do it in the first place, but some want even more than that.
A select few look at classic cars as a starting point for a tough undertaking: transforming these icons of the past in machines that are able to keep up with whatever’s new on the road right now. The key is to have everything come out in pristine condition – hence the term restoration in ‘resto-mod’ – while modifying what’s under the skin. Some choose to start from existing cars while others do something more radical - building their own chassis from the ground up and then wrapping everything up in a retro bodywork that clearly reminds you of their inspiration. The Eagle E-Type and the Singer Porsches fall in the latter category.
Whichever road you choose, resto-mods are a brilliant – yet highly expensive – way to experience classic cars re-imagined in with technology that was barely on the drawing boards when some of these cars were new.
Keep reading to find our seven resto-mods picks