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TopSpeed 2020 BMW Buying Guide

TopSpeed 2020 BMW Buying Guide

See what BMW has on the table for 2020

BMW Motorrad has long been known for the quality of its products, and the factory earns that reputation anew with its MY2020 lineup. In-house electronic innovations and mechanical refinements hold the marque in good stead against even the best market performers around the world. Sporty demeanors and luxe appointments combine across the model spread, and the factory has something for everyone with its Urban Mobility segment up through the top-tier touring machines.

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2022 Acura MDX Type S - Performance, Price and Photos

2022 Acura MDX Type S - Performance, Price and Photos

The first Acura SUV to bear the revered Type S badge, is also its flagship model that gets Sport and Luxury, spot-on

The MDX made a comeback for 2022, in the form of an entirely new fourth-generation Acura model. Subsequently, the Japanese automaker chose to introduce a new Type-S iteration of the MDX and it now sits at the top of the Acura range. This is in fact the very first time that an Acura SUV wears the Type S badge. It is a three-row SUV that targets the enthusiast crowd who also demand luxury and comfort in addition to performance.

Compared to a standard MDX, Acura’s new torque-vectoring with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) and adaptive air suspension on the MDX Type-S will give you the confidence you need to take sharp turns with ease. Beyond how it drives though, the MDX Type S has other qualities like a cosseting interior with all the top-level equipment and the build quality, that you would come to expect from a premium three-row SUV. Here’s how Acura’s first-ever performance SUV fares.

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2023 Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo - Performance, Price and Photos

2023 Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo - Performance, Price and Photos

The Sport Turismo is only available in GTS Guise and is the Sportiest Taycan wagon currently on sale

Porsche made its foray into the world of mainstream electric cars with the Taycan sedan a couple of years ago and the model line-up has evolved quite a bit since then. They introduced a base model with a rear-wheel-drive variant and then went on to add some practical wagons in the form of the Sport Turismo and Cross-Turismo. Currently, you can choose from 14 different configurations of the Taycan.

While the Cross Turismo went on sale a while back, Porsche decided to expand the Taycan range with the GTS line, which broke cover at the L.A. Auto Show in November last year. This wagon ditches the body cladding and combines the practicality of the Taycan Cross Turismo with the driving capabilities of the standard Porsche Taycan. Also, a Porsche spokesperson confirmed to CarAndDriver that the Taycan Sport Turismo is currently only coming in GTS guise to the U.S. market.

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2022 Ducati Multistrada V4 - Performance, Price, and Photos

2022 Ducati Multistrada V4 - Performance, Price, and Photos

The new V4 features a new engine, new lighter-weight chassis, and new semi-automatic suspension

Ducati rolled into 2021 on its fourth generation Multistrada that reaffirms Duc’s position as a world leader in motorcycle development and production. The newly updated Multistrada V4 has the distinction of being the first motorcycle equipped with front and rear radar that enables an automatic station-keeping system in traffic, much like many of the higher-quality automobiles that are currently on the market. The line includes a trio of sub-models, the Multistrada V4, V4 S, and V4 S Sport.

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2022 Triumph Speed Twin - Performance, Price, and Photos

2022 Triumph Speed Twin - Performance, Price, and Photos

It’s a modern version of Triumph’s most iconic bike

Triumph expanded its “Modern Classics” lineup ahead of MY2019 with the new-in-’19 Speed Twin as a tribute piece paying visual homage with all the modern-ness you’d expect tucked away under the hood and out of sight. The result is a clean-looking classic with gobs of retro appeal, and that’s an important detail because the newest generation of riders has shown themselves to have an interest in the old-school looks, much to their credit.

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2022 Indian Springfield - Performance, Price, and Photos

2022 Indian Springfield - Performance, Price, and Photos

The Springfield is among the least expensive of Indian’s baggers

Indian Motorcycle cashes in on its deep design roots with the Springfield model that hit the market in ’16 and carries over to the 2022 model year with nary but a few adjustments to the color palette. Power comes from what was Indian’s largest production engine prior to 2020, along with ABS and keyless ignition on board, but it’s the classic, old-school bagger looks that drive sales of this particular unit. Best of all, it’s among the least expensive of the available baggers, and that positions it well within the boulevard-bruiser/light-tour categories.

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2022 Yamaha MT-03 - Performance, Price, and Photos

2022 Yamaha MT-03 - Performance, Price, and Photos

Yamaha brings its naked entry-level ride to the U.S.

Yamaha expands its MT lineup with an all-new-in-2022, entry-level model, the MT-03. Previously available in other markets, it joins the MT-07, -09, and -10 within Yamaha’s hyper-naked range it touts as the “Dark Side of Japan.” The MT-03 toes the family line with minimalist appointments that waste not an ounce on superfluous details. Power delivery is both smooth and predictable to reinforce its rider-friendly nature. ABS protection provides an extra safety net to help make sure you keep it rubber side down.

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2022 BMW S 1000 XR - Performance, Price, and Photos

2022 BMW S 1000 XR - Performance, Price, and Photos

Based off the S 1000 RR, it’s really more like a sport-tourer than an adventure bike

Bayerische Motoren Werke gave the S 1000 XR from its Adventure Sport segment a serious rebuild ahead of MY2020 that includes a number of improvements over the previous gen. A new engine drives lighter framing with new suspension components. New safety electronics join an already well-rounded electronics suite to move this bike into the top tier of urban adventure machines and it all comes wrapped in new aerodynamic bodywork.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG SL - Performance, Price and Photos

2023 Mercedes-AMG SL - Performance, Price and Photos

The folks from Afalterbach have revitalized the SL-Class with new powertrains, cutting-edge tech and for the very first time, All-Wheel-Drive

The Mercedes SL (Sport Licht), which translates to Sport Light in German, is a car that set the benchmark for sport and luxury for nearly seven decades. The 300 SL name has its weight in gold and the latest Mercedes SL (the first one in nearly a decade) is the direct descendent of the SL Roadster from the early 1950s.

The 2023 Mercedes SL Roadster is a new car from the ground up and it essentially replaces the S-Class Cabriolet and the AMG GT Roadster. The folks from Affalterbach have worked extensively on the SL to transform it from a boulevard cruiser to a genuine open-top sports car, reminiscent of the original. Gone is the foldable hardtop roof and in comes a canvas soft top. Also, AMG is calling the SL Roadster a 2+2 and for the first time in the model’s history, 4-Matic All-Wheel-Drive now comes as standard.

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2021 2022 Yamaha MT-09 - Performance, Price, and Photos

2021 2022 Yamaha MT-09 - Performance, Price, and Photos

The upgraded MT-09 has a new engine in a new frame with new suspension components

MY2021 brings a ground-up rebuild for the existing Yamaha MT-09. The factory doubles the “09” lineup by adding the top-drawer MT-09 SP to the mix. A new engine rides in a new frame with new suspension components and ride-quality electronics to make this a genuinely new version of Yamaha’s second-largest “Master of Torque” model.

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2022 Indian Scout Bobber - Performance, Price, and Photos

2022 Indian Scout Bobber - Performance, Price, and Photos

It’s a bare-bones bike. When you ride, it’s just you and the machine.

Indian Motorcycle has certainly called some attention to its mid-size bikes through its success on the flat track, and the Scout Bobber looks to capitalize on that by garnering some of the factory-custom business. The “Bobber” brings modern performance to the table along with the overall look of the iconic bobber style, yet fits in well with the rest of the made-for-the-US market, foreign and domestic built.

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2022 Honda CB300R - Performance, Price, and Photos

2022 Honda CB300R - Performance, Price, and Photos

Lightweight, affordable, and very capable, the CB300R is a popular entry-level ride

Honda buffs up its Neo-Sports Café lineup for MY22 with the freshly-tweaked CB300R naked-sport machine. Fairly high-tech for a beginner’s bike, the new-gen rocks stock lean-sensitive ABS protection with new Showa stems and a slipper-type clutch for extra insurance for the rear contact patch. In addition, this little CB receives Honda’s BNG treatment with new paint and graphics.

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2022 Audi RS7 Sportback - Performance, Price and Photos

2022 Audi RS7 Sportback - Performance, Price and Photos

The RS7 Sportback is a practical four-door coupe with state-of-the-art tech and Quattro AWD

Since its introduction nearly a decade ago back in 2013, the Audi RS7 has become one of the market’s most popular full-size sports sedans. This latest generation of the Audi RS7 Sportback is the second iteration of the company’s flagship four-door coupe.

The current RS7 shares its underpinnings with the second-generation A7 that first broke cover in 2017. It boasts a much more aggressive exterior, a completely redesigned interior packed with premium features and cutting-edge technology, and under the skin lies a more powerful drivetrain with Audi’s legendary Quattro AWD.

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2023 Nissan Z - Performance, Price and Photos

2023 Nissan Z - Performance, Price and Photos

Nissan keeps the Z alive with a manual gearbox, modern tech, and a design that pays homage to over seven generations of the iconic sports car

After its debut in August last year, the highly anticipated Nissan Z is finally here, and it thankfully lives up to all the hype. The prices and trims of the 2023 Z were recently announced and it is every bit the sports car that Nissan promised us, with the base model starting just under $40,000. Also, the production-spec model stays true to the stunning Z-Proto or 400Z concept that we first saw in 2020. Here’s everything you need to know about the Nissan Z.

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2022 Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard - Performance, Price, and Photos

2022 Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard - Performance, Price, and Photos

The Urban Motard is Ducati’s newest street-oriented ’City Rebel’

Ducati adds to its already expansive Scrambler lineup with the MY2022 Urban Motard. Built with younger riders in mind, the Urban Motard delivers tractable power from its 803 cc engine for capable urban riding, and can even be set up to meet A2 requirements for riders on the tiered license program. LED lighting boosts safety right along with cornering-style ABS that comes with the stock equipment package. Sporty paint completes the package with number plates for a bit of a race-tastic finish.

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2021 - 2022 Ducati SuperSport 950 - Performance, Price, and Photos

2021 - 2022 Ducati SuperSport 950 - Performance, Price, and Photos

Panigale-inspired styling for the next-gen SuperSport 950

It’s been four years since the last update to Ducati’s SuperSport 950 platform, and now it’s on the receiving end of a significant rework ahead of MY2021. Tuned-up fairings enclose a more emission-compliant engine along with beefed-up electronics to complete the package. The SuperSport comes in the base 950 package, but if you’re a bona fide pegdragger, the 950 S version takes things up a notch or three.

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2023 Acura Integra - Performance, Price and Photos

2023 Acura Integra - Performance, Price and Photos

The reincarnated Integra is a practical, well-equipped premium compact sedan that can give its German rivals a run for their money

After nearly two decades in the dark, the Acura Integra is officially back for the 2023 model year. Acura reincarnated the Integra moniker with the yellow-colored pre-production prototype in late 2021 and it got a lot of criticism, primarily for the way it looked.

The new Integra, which replaces the old Acura ILX, has always had a close connection with the Honda Civic, folks weren’t thrilled with how the upscale Japanese brand resurrected the legendary name for the modern-day. Many viewed the new Integra as simply a product designed to meet Honda’s financial targets rather than a car created out of a desire to build a quality yet approachable sport compact. However, a closer look at the spec sheet reveals that the Integra is a fantastic package for the money.

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2022 Volvo XC60 - Performance, Price and Photos

2022 Volvo XC60 - Performance, Price and Photos

All-new hybrid powertrains along with some minor tweaks and on-board tech updates keep the best-seller Swedish SUV in the game

We all know that cars lose consumer interest over time. After all, competitors will do everything to always stay ahead of the curve. However, in the case of the Volvo XC60, it appears that the sales figures have only improved over time, as it is the Swedish brand’s best-selling vehicle. Can you believe that the second-generation XC60 has been around since 2018?

Now, Volvo has finally decided to give it a much-needed mid-cycle update. While it may initially seem that not much has changed, Volvo has refreshed the engine lineup with all trims now coming with some form of hybridization out of the box. Volvo has also updated the infotainment system, which is now Android-based, and the automaker’s legendary safety suit has also received updates.

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2021 - 2022 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy - Performance, Price, and Photos

2021 - 2022 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy - Performance, Price, and Photos

The 2021 restyling brightens H-D’s iconic Softail

Harley-Davidson pared down its Softail lineup ahead of MY2021, but its venerable Fat Boy makes the cut to continue into the current lineup. It rolls with the relatively new, 114 cubic-inch Milwaukee-Eight engine in a similarly newish Softail frame, but the overall look still displays the classic genetic markers of the Fat Boy family. Better handling and improved performance join with stock ABS protection to complete the 2021 package.

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2022 2022 Audi RS3 - Performance, Price and Photos

2022 2022 Audi RS3 - Performance, Price and Photos

With its upgraded powertrain and hardware, the latest RS compact sedan from Ingolstadt is a streetable drift machine

This is the 2022 Audi RS3, the most aggressive interpretation of the humble Audi A3 platform. The RS3 first hit the scene in Europe, more than a decade ago. It did all the rational stuff that you’d expect from a hot hatch along with offering up a sporty drive. Over the years, it has evolved to offer more power and better dynamics.

Now, RS models are rare as they come, but the RS3, after skipping a year is making a comeback to the United States, with some fairly substantial upgrades. This is especially true for some big additions made to the drivetrain, all in a bid to retain the crown for the ultimate performance compact sedan. So here’s what has Audi done to transform the A3 into a drift machine for the road.

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