2018 is here. And these top dogs are heading our way
Aspirin taken, ate some food, drank that much-needed water and took a hot shower. Hangover time is over and getting my head around the fact that I have to wake up early to work depressed me at first. But luckily the excitement brought with the launch of these new machines means we and I get to see them on our roads pretty soon, and I cannot wait to unveil the secrets they behold.
Unveiled at the back end of 2017, these hot machines give new life goals and expectations, not just for riders, but also to other manufacturers giving them no option but to up their game as well. Thanks to this, competition keeps getting hotter by the day, and we are ultimately rewarded with machines that beam innovation and technology.
Here are the top picks that are touted to take the market by storm in 2018:
2017 Honda Civic Type R - Driven (Again)
The Honda Civic Type R has quite a legacy to its name, though none of it happened on American soil. Thankfully, that’s changed for 2017 as Honda has finally brought the Type R Stateside. In fact, its turbocharged engine is made in Ohio before being shipped to Wiltshire, England for assembly in the car. That’s right, this Japanese hot hatch has an American heart and is born in Britain. How’s that for multi-cultural? But more than that, the Type R’s appearance on U.S. soil means we finally have the chance to compare it to its fiercest rivals – the Ford Focus RS, Subaru WRX STI, and Volkswagen Golf R.
As it turns out, I’ve driven each of the competitors. Each are immensely fun and worthy of loads of respect over their engineering and outright impressive performance. The Type R joins those ranks with the same impressive level of technical wizardry and high-tech manufacturing techniques. I’ll dive into some of that, along with comparing it to the RS, Subi, and Golf R. It will be a fun ride, so read along.
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A Few Cars That Can Make Their Own Fireworks – New Years Eve Video Special
As far as we’re concerned, any holiday that involves copious pyrotechnics is a surefire winner. That’s why we’re pretty stoked about New Years – you know, because explosion. Unfortunately, our love for big booms is usually paired with a juvenile lack of patience. Luckily, we won’t have to wait until midnight to see some fireworks around here. All we really need is one of these cars, a little gasoline, and a flame retardant buddy to sit back and capture it all on film.
Of course, we’re not recommending you try any of this stuff at home. Clearly, this sort of activity is best left to the very best stunt teams that YouTube can muster. So keep your eyebrows intact and leave it to the professionals, okay?
With that, hit the jump and watch the following collection of automotive fireworks. We’ve got exotics, muscle cars, tuner specials, and a whole lot more, so turn up the volume and enjoy. And oh yeah…
Happy New Years!
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2017 Year In Review – Worst Vehicles Of The Year
While there were certainly quite a few excellent debuts that dropped in 2017 (just check out our list here, the past year in the automotive world brought along its fair share of duds as well. Whether it was some lackluster hybrid supercar, a space-filler crossover, an overpriced sedan, or a pair of ancient sports cars tarted up as brand-new models, no segment was safe from the ravages of awful entries. And, as stalwart purveyors of opinions in all things four-wheeled, it’s our job to bring together the worst of the offenders here in the following year in review list. And while we’d love to give you a catalog of all the cars that got under our skin this year, we’re gonna leave the extended rants to our resident curmudgeon Pops, thus limiting this collection of craptacular cars to just five spots, including the worst supercar, the worst truck or SUV, the worst luxury sedan, the worst luxury coupe, and the worst sports car.
Of course, these are just our opinions on the matter – we wanna know what you think as well. Tell us in the comments section below, whether it’s something awful we missed, or if we missed the mark by calling one of these machines the worst!
Continue reading to learn more about our picks for the worst vehicles of 2017.
7 Predictions For The Auto Industry In 2018
Pretty soon, we’ll mark yet another rotation around that giant glowing ball of hydrogen and helium we call the Sun by setting off explosives, cracking open the bubbly, and wishing one another a “Happy New Year” amidst a flurry of streamers and ridiculous light-up glasses. And that makes it the perfect opportunity to look back at exactly what happened during the last 12 months, a chance to remember both the good and the bad. That said, it’s also a chance to start thinking about the future. What lies ahead in the year 2018? What opportunities will be presented? What will change? What will fade away? While we might not have all the answers, we do have a good idea about what we might see in the near future with the following automotive predictions.
In total, we’ve got seven of ‘em for you, dear reader, ranging from which segments will see growth, which technologies will see big advances, and what the automotive landscape might look like as the planet heads into its roughly four-and-a-half billionth lap around the solar system. Read on for our shot at car-themed crystal ball reading.
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2018 KYMCO X-Town 300i
The Kwang Yang Motor Company Ltd., in its quest to grab a slice of the relatively small U.S. scooter market, shook up its mid-maxi range for the 2018 model year with the addition of the all-new X-Town 300i ABS. It also dropped the Downtown and People from the 300i lineup, so the X-Town serves as KYMCO’s second-largest scooter in the U.S. market, second only to its Xciting 400i maxi-scoot. Built as an urban commuter, the X-Town sports a generous windshield and wide front fairing with enough underseat storage for a full-face bucket plus some bits and bobs, so you could definitely use it as a grocery-getter, or campus-commuter. The factory claims a total of 23.2 horsepower, so it has the chops to get out of its own way even at highway/interstate speeds. Is that enough to overcome our national apathy toward the genre? It’s hard to say for sure just yet, but we’re certainly free to speculate based on what we see so far, yeah?
Continue reading for my review of the KYMCO X-Town 300i.
2017 Year In Review – Best Vehicles Of The Year
With 2017 now headed for the history books, it’s a great time to take a moment to reflect on all the things we saw over the past 365 days. This year was practically overflowing with desirable new metal, with fresh debuts dropping in just about every category out there. Throughout it all, we here at TopSpeed have been bringing you the latest and greatest, with in-depth coverage on all the major auto shows, tons of written reviews, driving impressions, and more, all of which gave us a pretty good handle on all the good stuff. With that in mind, we had a little company pow wow, tossed around our personal favorites, and came up with the following list of the best vehicles of the year. We’ve broken it down into five categories, including the best supercar, the best truck and SUV, the best luxury sedan, the best luxury coupe, and the best sports car.
Believe us when we say it wasn’t easy making this list. There was a lot of top-notch rides to choose from, but choose we did. Read on for the list, and don’t forget to add your picks in the comments section below!
Continue reading to learn more about our picks for the best vehicles of 2017.
2017 Recap - Successful Debuts and Flops
2018 is just around the corner, and it’s that time of the year when we look back on what happened over the last 12 months in the automotive industry. Needless to say, 2017 has been a busy year with five major auto shows in Europe and North America plus a few more important car events in Shanghai and at SEMA. More than a hundred new cars have been launched, with countless concepts previewing vehicles and technologies that we will get in production models in a few years. We’ve seen semi-autonomous cars go into production and significant progress made toward electrification with significant gains in hybrid and all-electric drivetrain technology.
We saw spectacular supercars bow in Detroit, Geneva, New York, and Frankfurt, alongside redesigned or updated cars and SUVs for the average Joe. But the industry also spawned a few flops this year. Cars that didn’t live up to the pre-launch hype, concepts that didn’t bring actual novelties, and Asian automakers that copied European designs inch by inch. I’ve included all of the above in this end-of-the-year recap, so we can look back on both the successful debuts and the flops that we witnessed from January through December 2017. Keep reading to find out what got me excited and disappointed this year.
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The Hoonigan Crew Lists Their Favorite Burnouts From 2017: Video
As we count down the few remaining hours of 2017, it’s always a fun time to look back at the good stuff of the past year. As such, we listed our favorite and least favorite cars of the year, recapped the debuts that either made a big splash or a big flop, and generally argued about which opinions were right and which were obviously wrong. Looks like our friends over at The Hoonigans YouTube channel are feeling the same New Years nostalgia, and as such, they put together the above-featured video listing their favorite burnouts from 2017.
Of course, The Hoonigans aren’t exactly newbies when it comes to smoking the meats. Under the tutelage of the Hoon Master General himself, Mr. Ken Block, these folks know exactly what it takes to execute a proper burnout. And we’re not talking about just revving it up and dumping the clutch – any high schooler with a busted old V-8 and a learner’s permit can do that. No, we’re talking about the art of a burnout, with something unique to lay it all down, engine note screaming in ear-pleasing internal combustion, a fine fog of vaporized tire streaming forth into the atmosphere. The Hoonigans certainly know their stuff when it comes to the art of the burnout, and this thirteen-and-a-half minute video is a lovely display of that time-honored tradition that is the gross display of power over grip.
Picking a best of the bunch isn’t easy given the quality of tire killing on display here, so we’ll leave it up to you to post in the comments your personal favorite.
DHL Sources BMW i3 Battery Modules For Electric Delivery Trucks
Vehicular electrification is expanding in a big way, going from eco-conscious mpg bubbles, to luxury sedans, to super sports cars, and now, to the world of freight transportation as well. As such, delivery giant DHL hopes to add a dash of EV efficiency to its expansive fleet of vans and trucks, and BMW will provide the parts necessary with components sourced from the i3.
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New Year’s Special: Best Vehicle for Party Hopping
Traditionally, New Year’s is about spending time with family and friends. It’s about social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drink alcoholic beverages, and watch or light fireworks at midnight. But some people spend the night traveling from house to house to attend more than just one party. It’s called party hopping, and it can be a great deal of fun if you’re not into spending the entire night indoors. But while spending time with family and friends indoors doesn’t require much planning beyond shopping and cooking, spending New Year’s Eve the party hopping way requires a car. And, a large one I may add because people are usually doing this in larger groups.
Yes, that’s what this New Year’s special is all about: the perfect car to spend New Year’s Eve on the go.
Spending the entire evening on the road with friends means you need a vehicle with plenty of seating. Luggage room shouldn’t be an issue since there’s not much to haul around, but I’m ruling out sports cars and vehicle that can’t provide seating for at least five people. The more, the merrier seems to be the essential rule of party hopping, so don’t look for McLarens and Ferraris on this list. Now let’s have a closer look at the options below.
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Elon Musk Tweets Tesla Pickup Coming After Model Y
Elon Musk likes to tweet. He also likes to make grand promises. But unlike other billionaire geniuses with a space company, Musk tends to fulfill his grandiose promises – at least in due time. The latest on Elon’s long list is an all-electric pickup truck from Tesla. Musk recently responded to questions on Twitter about the truck, saying, “I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after the Model Y. Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for almost five years. Am dying to build it.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard Elon say something about a Tesla pickup. The first official rambling from Elon came in January of 2016 when he said in an on-camera interview, “Yeah, I think it’s quite likely we’ll do a truck in the future.” He officially confirmed a Tesla pickup during the debut of the Tesla Semi and Roadster back November 2017. However, the rendering images of that truck show it being very large like a medium-duty truck rather than something found in your neighbor’s driveway.
Must took to Twitter shortly after tweeting the statement above to clarify the Tesla truck’s size. When asked if it would be similar to the Ford F-150, Elon replied by saying, “Similar total size. Maybe slightly bigger to account for a really gamechanging (I think) feature I’d Like to add.” As for the when, reports suggest the Model Y, a compact crossover, will debut sometime in 2018. If that’s the case, we could see a Tesla pickup by 2020. As for what that game-changing feature could be, anyone’s guess is as good as ours.
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