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You Can Buy John Wick's 1969 Mustang Hitman faithfully replicated by Classic Recreations

The Ford Mustang might be have appeared on Instagram's top list of most grammed' car of 2018 but it's kinda odd that the unexpected hit phenomenon that has become of the John Wick movies has yet to catapult our titular character's beloved class car into the canons of best movie car lists. Perhaps it's the ubiquity of the vintage Mustang in Americana and even more recent films like the Fast & Furious series but how often is it that a... [read more]

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Micro Machines Returns with a Bang

One of the most popular toy car lines from the 1980s and 1990s is making a comeback. Its been a while since we last saw Micro Machines on toy shelves, but the once-popular line of toy cars and sets is returning for the first time in 12 years. The first play sets of the new Micro Machines are on display at the 2020 New York Toy Fair. Those who are interested in bringing back the nostalgic days of the 1990s... [read more]

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Volkswagen Has a Battery Secret That Has Sports Car Written All Over It

If the recent rumors hold any truth, the audacious VW ID.R all-electric racer did serve a higher purpose than it was initially thought. It will lend a hand in developing the next-generation all-electric sports cars that VW plans to deliver by 2025. Mind you, the said sports cars will only inherit a fraction of the ID.Rs mad performance potential - most likely in the form of e-motor technology and perhaps battery know-how, but that should make them less capable on... [read more]

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First 2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door SUV Prototype Photos!

The 2021 Ford Bronco in any form is likely going to be an exciting thing to drive on muddy or rocky trails, but no question the smaller two-door model will be the best billy goat of the bunch. At long last, weve managed to snag photos of the new two-door Bronco testing, covered in camouflage; until now, weve only seen four-doors in the wild . This latest batch of spy shots has us all the more impatient to drive the... [read more]

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Hear a Bunch of Twin-Turbo V-8s Flex Their Muscles

In a world where downsizing used to be shoved down our throats as a better alternative to higher displacement, the V-8 engine has managed to somehow survive but it is only doing so in the stratospheric blankets of the car realm. Carwows most recent drag race manages to bring together a quartet of V-8-powered monsters: youve got the Audi RS6, the BMW M5, the Mercedes-AMG E63, and of course, the Porsche Panamera. Interestingly enough, these are not your go-to supercars... [read more]

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Polestar Precept Is the Electric Four-Door of the Future

Once again, Polestar is taking aim at Tesla . The Volvo -owned car company has built a pure electric four-door grand tourer concept that shows off its new sustainable interior, latest digital interface, and eye-tracking technology. The Polestar Precept is making its official debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show . Polestar announced a plan for its future interiors to feature sustainable, lightweight materials, and now were seeing the first fruits of this labor. A flax-based natural fiber composite used... [read more]

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Bicester Heritage: One For the Classic Car Bucket List

Goodwood Festival of Speed. The British Motor Museum, Gaydon. Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb. A track day at Silverstone. Now you can add another quintessentially British automotive experience to your bucket list: The Bicester Scramble. The what? Think of it as a British version of Woodward Dream Cruise meets Monterey Car Week. Except this one happens four times a year and attracts more than 6,000 pre-1990 vehicles a time, ranging from classic British iron and iconic Italian supercars to Japanese rarities and... [read more]

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Is the Nissan Kicks the Ultimate City Commuter?

The 2018 Nissan Kicks has been living with the MotorTrend team for a year now, and weve found it to be an agreeable companion in the congested streets of Los Angeles. But is this subcompact SUV the ultimate commuter or the first vehicle in a brave new SUV world? Utilitarian Millennial Mobile Since its arrival, the Kicks immediately got my vote of approval because of how easy it is to live with. Need to haul a few things from Ikea... [read more]

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2021 Kia Seltos Pros and Cons: The Small SUV Has the Looks and Interior Space

The 2021 Kia Seltos is entering the small SUV segment with style, roominess and decent comfort features. The Seltos is Kia s newest SUV, slotting between the boxy Soul and sleek Sportage . We recently drove from San Antonio to Houston and spent a long weekend in Kias stylish new SUV, learning some of the pros and cons it has to offer. Pro: Bose Audio System Although its only available in the top-trim SX, the eight-speaker Bose audio system sounds... [read more]

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Honda Pilot vs. Ford Explorer: All-New 3-Row SUV Takes on a Segment Stalwart

Ford is adamant its new Explorer is worth a look for shoppers considering a new SUV, especially those interested in the Honda Pilot . One might think theyre right to assume their brand-spanking-new SUV is a proper contender for one of the class leaders. After all, the Pilot is nearly five years old, and the Explorer is just six months into its life cycle. But what Honda got right half a decade ago, Ford struggled with in the new Explorer... [read more]

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2022 Subaru WRX STI: Making the 2021 Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 Capable of 400 Horsepower

Weve learned a lot about the next-gen Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86. We know that a deal between both companies will make Subaru an affiliate company of Toyota and that the twins will switch over to Toyotas TNGA platform. More recently, we learned that they would both feature a turbocharged version of the Subaru Ascents 2.4-liter flat-four,, and thats a bigger deal than we thought. A new report says that the 2022 Subaru WRX STI will feature the same exact... [read more]

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Wooden Dreams: Playforever Toys.

I'm wrapping up from the weekend in New York for Toy Fair at the Javits Center. With the looming Coronavirus in China sending toy production into a tizzy,... continue reading

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Glickenhaus SCG 004C Spotted Testing, Looks Ready to Rumble

Previously seen only in computer-generated pictures, the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 004C race car finally appeared in public, and it looks every bit like the showstopper those CG images hinted at. The race-spec version of the 004 supercar was spotted performing some test runs at the Cremona Circuit in San Martino del Lago, Italy. Wearing nothing but naked carbon fiber panels, the 004C looked completely at home and in its element, racking up precious testing and development ahead of its competitive... [read more]

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Los Angeles-Based Czinger Teases The 21C 3D-Printed Hybrid Hypercar

Unveiled with a series of bold claims, the official detail release of the upcoming Czinger 21C hybrid hypercar threatens to put an entire industry of high-end performance vehicles to shame. Boasting unparalleled performance, the Los Angeles-based company teased its latest crowning glory ahead of schedule. Los Angeles-Based Czinger Teases The 21C 3D-Printed Hybrid Hypercar Set for an official global debut at the Geneva International Motor Show from 5 th to 15 th March 2020 and a press conference on 3... [read more]

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Quick, Buy This California-Legal, Canepa-Tuned Porsche 959, You Likely Won't See Another Like It

A rare Porsche 959 is set to hit the auction block during this years Amelia Island Concours. This all-wheel-drive Porsche super coupe is no ordinary 959, howeveras if any 959 could be described as ordinaryit is one of only a handful thats fully street-legal in California. Like all 959s, this one was never intended for the U.S. marketa key reason behind their not being entirely California regulationfriendly in the first placeand it was originally sold to German racer Bernd Schwebel... [read more]

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This Is What a $140,000, 220-HP 1983 Volkswagen GTI Looks Like

If youre a car enthusiast, chances are you probably like the Volkswagen Golf GTI or at least can respect its excellent performance-to-value ratio and everyday practicality. Full disclosure, this author owns and loves a MkVI examplebut also admits to being fully outdone by Derek Spratt, who in 2011 bought himself a MkI GTI and spent seven years, more than 12,000 hours, and roughly $140,000 turning it into what he calls the Ultimate '83 GT. That sure is a lot of... [read more]

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This Rare Italdesign AztecWait, What Even Is an Italdesign Aztec?

The Pontiac Aztek may go down in the annals of history as one of the least attractive new cars to ever reach production, but the Italdesign Aztec certainly wont. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro for the 1988 Turin Motor Show, the Aztec is a low-slung dual-canopy sports car that looks ripped right out of the world of Blade Runner. After its debut, a Japanese firm sought to turn Italdesigns concept into reality, because who would turn down the chance to own... [read more]

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Long-Discontinued Honda S2000 Getting Crowd-Sourced Factory Parts Catalog

The Honda S2000 has been out of production for a decade now, but the sports car's intensely loyal following has not faded away. Honda , recognizing how popular its S2000 remains even today, has decided it will roll out a parts catalog for it in Juneand it wants your help figuring out which parts to offer. So, if you own one of these gems or intend to pick up a used one sometime in the future, you'd better pay attention... [read more]

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It Took an Electric Car to Silence The McLaren 720S

The McLaren 720S has been instilling fear into every out-and-out supercar, muscle car, and sports car you can think of. It has more drag race wins under its belt than we can count and its arguably one of the most quick-accelerating cars on sale today. But it is no match for the audacious Volkswagen ID.R.

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Daytona 500 Photo Finishes 61 Years Apart: 1959 and 2020

The 62nd running of the Daytona 500 was held on February 16 and 17, 2020, finishing on Monday because of a rain delay. Denny Hamlin won NASCAR's opening race in what used to be calledbefore transponders and high-definition televisiona photo finish, crossing the line just 0.014 second ahead of Ryan Blaney, the second-closest margin of victory in the history of the race. In 1959, Lee Petty (No. 42) won in another photo finish, and HOT ROD s Ray Brock was... [read more]

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GM's Holden Brand Is Dead: Australia Loses Australias Own Car

Mark Reuss is widely credited for helping save Australias only indigenous auto marque when he served as president and managing director for Holden Limited from February 2008 to July 2009. Reuss returned to Michigan from Australia, just as parent General Motors was entering bankruptcy, and eventually was named the global corporations president. Eventually he brought over Australian designer Michael Simcoe, who in 2016 replaced Ed Welburn as GMs vice president of global design. It was the bankruptcy, and New GMs... [read more]

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Can You Drift in the Rolls-Royce Cullinan?

The Cullinan is the first-ever SUV that Rolls-Royce has produced. As is with all the cars from the marque, this, too, reeks of luxury from every corner. Other than the fantastic features, the luxury SUV also comes with a big V-12 engine with enough grunt to make everyone move out of its way. Although the engine specs and body style inspire enough confidence for you to make the Cullinan do hardcore things, do you think you can get this 6,000-pound... [read more]

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Elon Musk Has Just Revealed Two Major Details About The Tesla Cybertruck

Not a single week passes by without new Cybertruck-related talking points surfacing online. Whether its a Hot Wheels RC Tesla Cybertruck or actual details about the real thing, Teslas polarizing pickup truck still has a lot of fire in its belly to stay in the headlines for the time being.

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Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible

The 2020 Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible is a special-edition version of the Continental GTC. As the name suggests, the drop-top has been customized by Mulliner, Bentley's bespoke division, so it basically takes over as the range-topping model of the Continental GTC. Although it doesn't look very different compared to the standard model and it's available with the same engines, the Mulliner stands out thanks to a handful of exclusive features. This model is basically dedicated to customers who want... [read more]

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Spring Cleaning

OK. It's not spring yet But the big tech overhaul of a month ago lead to some electrical work here at Atomic HQ. That electrical work then lead... continue reading

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Is it Possible to Make a Jaguar XK120 Look More Beautiful?

When former Jaguar design boss Ian Callum sends you an email suggesting you check out a customized 1950s Jaguar, you make sure you do. Callum, now running his own design shop where hes putting the finishing touches on a re-imagined version of the Aston Martin Vanquish he designed 20 years ago, is a man of impeccable taste when it comes to both gorgeous road cars and cool customs. And this 1953 Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe reworked by Australian customizer... [read more]

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2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander: 3-Row SUV Comparison

Kia s new marketing sloganTough Never Quitsmight smell like something dreamed up in a Madison Avenue boardroom, but theres some truth to that when it comes to the brand. For the past decade, Kia has tried to build a three-row SUV that appeals to the average American. Its first attempt, the Kia Borrego, was too big and inefficient. Its next attempt, the second-generation Kia Sorento , was a touch too small. With its third effort, the 2020 Kia Telluride... [read more]

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SUVs With the Best Gas Mileage on Sale Now

SUVs remain hotter than ever, with more models hitting the market seemingly every day. And as more offerings flood the market, fuel efficiency has become even more of a selling point, with consumers paying ever more attention to which SUVs and crossovers get the best gas mileage. Additionally, automakers have been under increasing regulatory pressure to improve the overall fuel efficiency of their SUV lineups as a whole, and as a result have made big strides in the mpg department... [read more]

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Hyundai Kona vs. Nissan Kicks: Which Is Right for You?

The subcompact SUV segment is one of the most diverse in the auto industry. The compact SUV segment may be well defined, but the one below it isnt. Vehicles in the subcompact segment vary significantly in size, and each one has a specific character. Although that can lead to confusion, it also means theres something for everyone. Want a sporty subcompact SUV? There are a couple to choose from. Does practicality rule the day? Those exist, too. Cool exterior styling... [read more]

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Porsche Taycan Real-World Range Test: Can it Handle the California Double?

Its called the California Double: surf and snowboard in the same day. But what if we could make it the California Trifecta and throw in a great drive, too? Lets make it a challenge, even, and do it in a California-approved electric sports car, the 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S . The Double is every Silicon Beach early retirees dream: Surf at dawn at El Porto then swing by the house in the ritzy suburb of Manhattan Beach and exchange... [read more]

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Watch the Rimac C Two Deploy Its Active Aero on the Track

The production variant of the Rimac C Two is coming at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, but Rimac isnt exactly on holiday these days. The two-seater, all-electric hypercar needs to be locked and loaded by the time Geneva kicks off (unless the recent coronavirus developments will force the authorities to cancel the show), and Rimac is hard at work to ready the C Two for its debut.

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Zero's 2020 SR/S Motorcycle is The Gulfstream of The Road

Using the same electric motor and battery as its flagship SR/F example, American manufacturer, Zero Motorcycles announced its latest all-electric ride. Boasting an experience parallel to that of Gulfstream jet, the brand new SR/S offers similar specs, abundant range, spine-bending performance and superior technological advancement. Zero's 2020 SR/S Motorcycle is The Gulfstream of The Road Hitting a top speed of 124mph, the SR/S accumulates range of up to 200 miles on a single charge of its optional range-extending battery tank... [read more]

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Aston Martin DBX by Q

Other than Bentleys Mulliner division, Aston Martins Q by Aston Martin bespoke division is arguably one of the best custom arms among all the luxury car brands in the business. Q by Aston has been responsible for some of the most provocative special edition Aston Martins in recent memory, and now that the brands first-ever SUV is on the market, Q by Aston is flexing its muscles yet again. The Aston Martin DBX by Qmarries all the qualities of what... [read more]

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Aston Martin DBX by Q

Other than Bentleys Mulliner division, Aston Martins Q by Aston Martin bespoke division is arguably one of the best custom arms among all the luxury car brands in the business. Q by Aston has been responsible for some of the most provocative special edition Aston Martins in recent memory, and now that the brands first-ever SUV is on the market, Q by Aston is flexing its muscles yet again. The Aston Martin DBX by Qmarries all the qualities of what... [read more]

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30,000-Pound Towing Comparison: GMC Sierra 3500 vs Ford F-350 Tow Test

The folks at TFL came up with the ultimate tests when it comes to heavy-duty trucks. The current crop of top-of-the-line heavy-duty trucks boasts of towing capacity in excess of 30,000 pounds, but how many of them actually use it to full capacity? Whats worse is that these ratings arent tested by external agencies either. So, how well do the trucks fare when pushed to their limits? The TFL team decided to conduct this test on the 2020 GMC Sierra... [read more]

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This Bespoke Aston Martin DBX by Q Is a Carbon-Fiber Lovers Dream

Aston Martin will customize your vehicle pretty much any way you want through its Q program. For the first time, the Aston Martin DBX receives the bespoke treatment, and the result is an SUV with a painstakingly designed interior. It's stunning on its own, but it's also intended to be a showcase for what Q can do for you. This one-off DBX looks stealthy in a special Satin Xenon Grey paint job and 22-inch gloss black wheels. The color scheme... [read more]

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Your Car Your Data Vehicle Privacy Security And You

Your Car is yours, but what about the gigabytes of data it generates as you drive it? Does it belong to you or someone else? Can you control it? Time will tell. Take a listen and see what industry leaders have to say. Press "Play" below to listen to this episode

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Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a version of the fourth-generation GLE, introduced in 2019. The second generation of the coupe-style SUV, the 2020 GLE Coupe boasts a brand-new design, rides on a new platform, and features improved and new technology. It's also equipped with new engines that deliver better performance. Aimed initially at the BMW X6, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe also competes against recently introduced nameplates like the Audi Q8 and the Porsche Cayenne Coupe. Let's find out... [read more]

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Volkswagen Arteon R

The Volkswagen Arteon came to our attention back in 2017, during its unveil at the Geneva Motor Show. Three years into the fastback-shaped sedans career, Volkswagen is planning to give the Arteon a well-deserved nip and tuck which would keep customer interest fresh and address the areas that needed further improvements. With the refreshed Arteon, however, were expecting Volkswagen to introduce a spicier, more performance oriented version under its notorious R badge. Our suspicions are backed up by a recent... [read more]

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Future Electric Pickup Trucks You Dont Want to Ignore

Theres a lot of buzz in the electric market right now. Automakers started off with developing electric hatches, then sedans and SUVs, and now everyones emphasis is on trucks. A lot of automakers are working towards building electric pickup trucks these days. Even new entrants like Lordstown are starting their lives with pickup trucks because of the potential in the segment. There are many electric trucks arriving within the next four to five years, but here the six most anticipated... [read more]

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Czinger 21C Hybrid Hypercar: American Made, $1.6 Million, 1,233 HP

The Geneva International Motor Show is always crammed full of the newest and most glamorous supercars and hypercarssome of which even make it from show-stand to reality. The Czinger 21Call 1,233 horsepower and $1.6 million of itlooks to be the real deal and, hallelujah, its wholly designed and built in the U.S. In fact, Czingers base is just a stones throw from the MotorTrend offices in California. This new hypercarwhich Czinger will show in Geneva on March 3boasts unique in-line... [read more]

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Quick, Grab This Special 2021 Honda Civic Type R While Its Hot

Honda didnt forget about those Type R customers that live for track days and track days only, so it came up with a more circuit-oriented, limited-run Civic Type R that can only be had in one body color. So, if the regular Honda Civic Type R wasnt light enough for you, then please do check out the 2021 Type R Limited Edition, which Honda dubs as the ultimate street-legal track-focused variant of the Civic Type R. Oh, and its supposed... [read more]

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Carbon-Fiber C8 Corvette Wheels Show Up on eBayAre They for the C8 Z06?

An eBay ad for C8 Corvette wheels may have just revealed the style and design of the upcoming next-generation Corvette Z06s rollers. The ad for 2020 Corvette C8 Carbon Revolution Factory Original OEM Wheels Rims Set was recently posted to the auction site by user certifiedfactorywheelsinc with an asking price of $4,500. (That's ridiculously cheap for a set of wheels like this, so if you don't buy them, we might.) While the wheels themselves appear to have been built specifically... [read more]

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Carbon-Fiber C8 Corvette Wheels Show Up on eBayAre They for the C8 Z06?

An eBay ad for C8 Corvette wheels may have just revealed the style and design of the upcoming next-generation Corvette Z06s rollers. The ad for 2020 Corvette C8 Carbon Revolution Factory Original OEM Wheels Rims Set was recently posted to the auction site by user certifiedfactorywheelsinc with an asking price of $4,500. (That's ridiculously cheap for a set of wheels like this, so if you don't buy them, we might.) While the wheels themselves appear to have been built specifically... [read more]

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No Swaps: 2020 Honda Civic Type R Sport Line's Small Wing Won't Fit U.S. Cars

Theres no shortage in demand for the Honda Civic Type R in the United States, which is likely why Honda sees no reason to bring the Civic Type R Sport Line and its clipped rear wing to our shores. Thats fine by us, too, as the Type Rs towering tail is a fully functioning piece of equipment that adds more than 60 pounds of downforce at 124 mph. Plus, it further separates the flagship Civic model from its lesser counterparts... [read more]

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You Can Get a Tesla Cybertruck Electric Pickup for $20from Hot Wheels

Finally! Here are Teslas we can all afford: remote-control versions of the all-electric Cybertruck by Hot Wheels. Mattel Creations revealed its latest must-have collectibles at the New York Toy Fair and is currently taking orders for the remote-operated models in both 1:64 and 1:10 scale. The 1:64-scale toy retails for an affordable $20, while the bigger version sells for $400. The smaller 3.0-inch radio-control Cybertruck has two-wheel drive and uses rechargeable batteries. It doesnt have a Ludicrous mode but offers... [read more]

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2021 Cadillac Escalade Engine Options, HPand Engine-Swap Potential

The new 2021 Cadillac Escalade is here and the drivetrain options turns out to be good news for enthusiasts, hot-rod builders, and custom-car crafters looking to plunder engines. While this fifth-generation Escalade is very different from the fourth-generation rig, one aspect that carries over is the awesome 6.2-liter aluminum direct-injected V-8 L86 mill. Escalades, starting back in 1999, were always considered to be junkyard gold since they fielded the best GM LS variants. While other GM trucks and SUV often... [read more]

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Would Honda Build an All-Electric Civic Type R?

Honda Civic Type R project leader Hideki Kakinuma passionately believes the company should continue to build high-performance cars, even as it switches its focus to more environmentally friendly powertrains. Does that mean there might one day be an electric-powered Honda Type R? Kakinuma smiles, then answers the question: Yes, of course an electric Type R is possible. The key roadblock to an all-electric performance Honda, he says, is that any electric propulsion system would have to provide the excitement the... [read more]

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Could You Stomach Watching Every Fast and Furious Movie for $900?

Fast 9 is speeding into cinemas this April, so expect full-blown marathons from F&F fanatics to start soon. One dealership in New York is raising the bar on the marathon-viewing experience by offering $900 to someone willing to put their Fast & Furious fandom to the test. Its not free money, though. The individual whos willing to take the dealership up on the offer must watch all eight Fast and Furious movies and the Hobbs & Shaw spinoff. From there... [read more]

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What Is Toyota's GR Brand and What Does GR Mean?

Those familiar with Toyota have surely seen its TRD branding on myriad vehicles. That initialism stands for Toyota Racing Development, the companys longstanding tuning and racing arm that takes run-of-the-mill models and turns them into proper off-roaders and, more recently, better-handling versions of cars like the Camry and Avalon. But the Toyota Supra , the brand's newest performance car, is officially called the GR Supra with no TRD letters to be found. So, what gives? GR stands for Gazoo Racing... [read more]

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