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Do you happen to remember the energy company Hyperion? Its not surprising if you dont the company was founded back in 2011 and mysteriously showed up on our radar back in 2015 when it released a darkened teaser for a very odd-looking car. Since then, the company has been largely silent since this time last year when more images started popping up on social media, just for the account to go silent once again (you can see all the images... [read more]
AC Schnitzer knows its way around BMW models. That knowledge comes in handy when were talking about a comprehensive aftermarket program for one of Bimmers resident performance crossovers, the X3 M. Youre probably thinking the same thing. The X3 M already has 510 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. It doesnt need more power than what it already has, right? Well, dont tell that to AC Schnitzer. The German tuner isnt interested in whats already there; its in the business... [read more]
Kieth Tardel may indeed by Ryan's brother, but the young Tardel and I go back quite a ways as well Over 20 years, in fact. I used to... continue reading
The 2020 Toyota Supra is pretty awesome, even if it is powered by a BMW heart, and now you can represent the new Supra on your wall with a free poster sent directly from Toyota. They are, naturally in limited supply, but this is the best way to relive your childhood a little more and hand a cool car poster on your wall. To claim your poster, head over to Toyotas Supra site, but hurry up as theres no telling... [read more]
Ford took the Mustang name and slapped it on a crossover, albeit of the electric ilk, together with ...
The seventh-generation Subaru Legacy debuted at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, and less than a year later, we finally got to get behind the wheel of one. Right away, we were impressed. Its built on top of Subarus newly optimized global platform, which means its stiffer in all the right places. And, thanks to Subarus newly adopted Dynamic X Solid philosophy that makes the Legacy more expressive than even something thats clearly visible in the front end design and in... [read more]
Camaros at Barrett Jackson have always been an exciting topic. But this year was really exceptional. Besides the long list of F-bodys crossing the block there was one Camaro that will be talked about forever. Namely the very original 1969 Camaro ZL1, lot No. 1409. With its all-aluminum 427 ZL1 engine, Muncie M22 (heavy duty) 4-speed, and 4.10 gears all wrapped in a six cylinder looking body since new, this Camaro drew huge crowds in Scottsdale. Assembled new in the... [read more]
There are only a handful of companies in the world that have a reputation and rich heritage like Roush. Roush has been in performance engineering since 1976. The companys founder, Jack Roush, had a drag racing team in the early 70s, so you can be assured of the quality of work on Roush-modded trucks. Roush has been associated with Ford for decades now and has created a lot of trucks for the Blue Oval. Its latest creation is the Roush... [read more]
A new report as surfaced that the 2021 Ford Bronco will actually debut in April of 2020 at the New York Auto Show. During the debut, well apparently get to see the two- and four-door versions of the revived SUV with the Bronco pickup and Bronco Sport (otherwise known as the Baby Bronco) set to debut sometime later. Does the report hold any merit or is someone playing with our emotions?
Does launch control make sense in a BMW or a Mercedes-Benz? Hell, yeah. Does it still make sense when that BMW is the X7 or the Mercedes is a GLC, albeit AMG-badged? Well, we dont think so. But the year is 2020 and SUVs are desperately trying to do everything right, so launch control setups on family haulers are not that upsetting anymore. Or are they? The drag race youre about to see is not necessarily the most balanced and... [read more]
Remember the Zarooq Sand Racer? You dont? Well, thats no biggie, because it died at some point a couple of years ago, but now its back under a different name, with a polished attitude. The Zarooq Sand Racer was supposed to open a new niche, that of off-road supercars. It packed a V-6 good for 300 horsepower and looked like a hybrid between a Dakar rally car and an exotic, but was rather short-lived. This is where the Laffite G-Tec... [read more]
I live in a quiet place, where any sound at night means something is about to happen. You awake fast thinking, What does that mean? Usually, it's nothing.... continue reading
There shouldnt be any doubt that Bugatti ended 2019 on a high note. Its 1,577-horsepower Chiron Super Sport 300+ went past the 300 mph barrier and it also spawned the likes of La Voiture Noire and Centodieci. U.K.s Autocar had a chat with Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann, who revealed that the Chiron will be further used as a base for future Bugatti models. Think in the lines of Divo and the above-mentioned Voiture Noire and Centodieci rather than mere special... [read more]
The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera can be called a number of things, but one thing it will never be called is slow. This has never been more evident than in the latest video released by The Smoking Tire. However, weve learned something else, and that is that Aston Martin was forced to limit torque output until the car moves into fourth gear. Seems strange for a car that weighs a little over 4,000 pounds and pumps out 663 pound-feet of... [read more]
Rivian created an uproar when it released a video showcasing the turn on a dime feature on the R1T truck. People were expecting Tesla to also to come up with it on the Cybertruck, but that never happened. So, Rivian beating Tesla to it was big news. It was expected that other automakers would come up with it, too, but no one wouldve anticipated GMC to jump in. But now it turns out that GMC decided to integrate the Hurricane... [read more]
Chevy has been quite busy since it debuted the 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray, and has introduced both the convertible and the C8.R in the short period that has passed. Were still waiting on the ZR1, the first AWD Corvette, a couple of hybrid models (which could include the Zora ZR1, and the C8 Corvette Z06. Were expecting the Z06 to be the next debut on the list, and now weve learned a little more about it, including the fact that... [read more]
Now that the Bugatti Super Sport 300+ has broken the 300-mph barrier the next goal is obviously 310 mph, and thats precisely what Hennessey aims to hit with the Venom F5. Its going to take a lot to pull it off, especially considering Bugatti had to go all-in and build an impressive but highly modified version of the Chiron to pull off that 300-mph run. So, whats Hennessey to do? Well, it all starts off by building a lightweight carbon... [read more]
While the Tesla Model S has its hands full dealing with the all-electric Porsche Taycan (not when it comes to range, though), the Model 3 has been pitted against the 2020 Porsche 911 by the fellas over at Carwow. We know, we know, and they do too, these two are not exactly direct rivals and the differences between them arent only related to how they generate power and torque. The 911 is rear-wheel-driven, while the Model 3 spins all four... [read more]
A few years back, I begrudgingly attended a Baileigh hosted metal shaping class in Manitowoc, WI. It was one of those work trip kind of things that ya... continue reading
Arguably one of the most recognizable modern Cadillacs, the Escalade is getting ready to say bye-bye to its fourth generation as the fifth is set to make a debut on February the 4th, 2020. So far weve had a fair share of rumors joined by blurry shots of the big SUVs interior an exterior cues, so weve put it all together to see what exactly do we know about and what to expect from the 2021 Cadillac Escalade.
The First Production 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Just Became the Fourth Most Expensive Vette Ever Sold at Auction
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 is living up to the hype after the first-production model carrying VIN 001 sold for a staggering $3 million at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hendrick Companies founder and CEO Rick Hendrick placed the winning bid, adding what could be one of the most desirable Corvettes in history to his extraordinary collection of American performance cars. The first-production Corvette Stingray C8 also becomes one of the most expensive Corvette models ever sold at... [read more]
Hot rods, guitars, and photography are among the eye-popping items going on display. Legendary musician and Southern California native James Hetfield, of Metallica fame, has donated ten of his custom hot rods to the Petersen Automotive Museum . Why? For its upcoming rock star exhibition, Reclaimed Rust: The James Hetfield Collection , which is set to open to the public on February 1, 2020 in the Bruce Meyer Family Gallery. Every car in Hetfield's collection was built from scratch and... [read more]
The arrival of the Eliminator competition mode in Forza Horizon 4 injected fresh excitement back to the game. Now that everyones going stir crazy over the Eliminator, Turn 10 Studios is capitalizing on that excitement by dropping nine new vehicles that can be used in the new competition mode. Two of these vehicles happen to be the Mercedes-Benz Unimog and the Hummer H1 Alpha Open Top, two of the most over-the-edge vehicles you can play in the entire game. In... [read more]
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This one-of-one, experimental GT500 coupe has experienced a stunning two-year turnaround Two years ago, this gleaming Candy Applered, one-off 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 EXP prototype dubbed Little Red was wasting away in a Texas field like an abandoned cow carcass. It has since been totally restored by its rescuer, Craig Jackson, who swooped in and bought the rare Shelby GT500 coupe in 2018 when it was decidedly less gleaming and far more decrepit than it is today. Little Red is... [read more]
When you talk about a beast on six wheels, the sight of Richard Hammond driving a G63 on the sand dunes around Dubai comes to mind. But heres one other example, and perhaps, a poor mans Mercedes-AMG G63 6X6. A 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has been converted from an SUV to a pickup truck, and from a four-wheel config to a six-wheel one. YouTuber Doug DeMuro got his hands on it and heres what it is all about.
With the Volkswagen Golf 8 here to stay for a while, it was only a matter of time before Volkswagen started declining it into various guises. Hotter guises, that is. Among those, the first one to make a debut is, according to a recent report coming from Autocar, the Golf GTI. It will be followed by the GTD, which will supposedly share the stage too in Geneva, and later on (read summer 2020) by the Golf R.
If theres anything weve all been itching to see from Audi, its a hotter version of the A1 Sportback an RS1 to be exact. With the second generation kicking of in 2018, we were hoping that after being fully established on the market, Audis resident supermini would finally get the hot hatch treatment that it deserves. Unfortunately, Audi has come right out and said that, despite the fact that its going to go all out on RS-badging its SUV lineup... [read more]
Youre forgiven for not knowing exactly what the Suzuki Jimny isor for calling it the Jimmy, which was a GMC SUV in the 90s. The little 44 isnt sold here in the U.S., which is really too bad because its the small, affordable, elemental SUV thats been missing from American dealerships since Jeeps Wrangler went huge, Hyundai and Kia grew up and started building crossovers, and Suzuki left the U.S. market entirely. With off-roaders roaring back, however, its worth taking... [read more]
Carbon fiber is strong and lightweight, making it a favored component in race cars and exotic road vehicles, and GMC is out to prove the material's worth to the masses. GMC, you see, recently introduced the carbon-fiber CarbonPro bed for its mainstream Sierra full-size pickup , and the brand is using a new commercial to show off the truck bed's strength. After all, it seems any time a pickup-truck manufacturer introduces a new material for its beds that isn't steellike... [read more]
Remember Nissans Ariya concept car? Well, youd better, because it is slated to deliver a downpour of electric performance that might even put the Nissan 370Z to shame. This new bit of information comes from Nissans very own senior global design Vice President Alfonso Albaisa, who admitted to Green Car Reports that the real version of the Ariya is fast - faster or as fast as a Z car.
The U.S. government is looking into claims that certain Tesla vehicles suffer a defect that can cause sudden unintended acceleration. According to a petition filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there have been 110 crashes and 52 injuries linked to the issue. Keep in mind that unintended acceleration is a buzzword both because the idea that a car might accelerate on its own, without input from the driver, is scary and because other automakers such as Toyota... [read more]
Its no secret that Jaguar has eyes on launching an all-electric version of the XJ sedan, and just as we started lamenting the lack of tangible evidence of an all-electric XJ, a batch of spy photos fell on our laps and, lo and behold, we get our first look and what looks to be the all-electric XJ. Granted, the spy photos dont show the heavily wrapped sedan doing blitzing test runs, but, rather, they show the sedan getting transported to... [read more]
HOT ROD is at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, to check out lots of cool cars. The excitement is huge, and if youve been following along on TV via the MotorTrend network, youve had a chance to see what were talking about. Weve been doing lots of walking and talking during the last day at WestWorld of Scottsdale, and weve compiled some cool shots of whats going on here. We plan to be putting up more soon. And if... [read more]
It seems Lexus s design department has grown a little bored with designing vehicles for Earth. The company recently released a series of design sketches for a distraction of sorts for its in-house artists: Lunar rovers and various spacecraft. And this isn't the first time Toyota or one of its divisions has let their minds wander to the cosmos . Now, Lexus designers didnt just sit down one day, pass around some hallucinogenic drugs, and then pick up their pens... [read more]
There is no dearth of electric cars in the market today. The technology related to EVs is still developing and every automaker has to start from scratch. Perhaps, that is why you can see a lot of new automakers here. Millennial companies like Tesla have become an existential threat to bigger marques like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes. But, this has opened doors to a lot of new companies that are trying to make a name for themselves. One such company... [read more]
Jeep is introducing a host of North Edition models to take the sting out of the coldest months of the year. Offered across the entire lineup, from the Compass to the Gladiator , North Edition models arent much different than regular Jeeps, but they bundle together a few helpful features for driving in ice and snow and keeping the cabin warm in the winter. North Edition models come standard with four- or all-wheel drive, complemented by all-season or all-terrain tires... [read more]
If you ever looked at the Ferrari Monza SP1 and thought to yourself that Maserati, the once-great Italian supercar maker that's nowadays stuck with sub-standard SUVs and luxury sedans, should make something similar, your prayers have been heard. Sadly, not by Maserati but by freelance designer Luca Serafini who came up with this. If there's still good left in the world, the MilleMiglia Concept will become a reality. Imagine taking the best design cues from legendary Maserati models such as... [read more]
The Dodge Viper came in a time when Chrysler was associated with people carriers and compact front-wheel drive cars. It was first shown in concept guise back in January 1989 after just one year under development and the first customers got their Vipers in the early months of 1992. The rest, as they say, is history. Also history - of the living ilk - is this particular red-painted Dodge Viper, for two reasons: its the very first to leave the... [read more]
The Toyota Supra is as synonymous with the inline six-cylinder engine as Seth Rogen is to marijuana. Or is it? While the 2020 GR Supra is sold exclusively with a 335-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six in the United States, the two-door sports car also offers a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four under its hood in Japan and come March, Europe. Thats right, Toyota is expanding sales of the four-cylinder Supra beyond the motherland, and its likely only a matter of time until the... [read more]
Watch a Mustang Shelby GT500 Take On the Camaro ZL1 and Challenger Redeye in a 2,200-Horsepower Drag Race
We know we love a proper drag race and were pretty sure you do, too. So todays rumble comes courtesy of Edmunds, who took three muscle car top dogs and had them jump at each others throats. The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye battle for quarter-mile bragging rights. We wont tell you who wins just yet, but remember this: its not always the most powerful car that takes the cake.
For some, the so-called Malaise era , loosely defined as the automotive period between 1973 and 1983, was an irredeemably dark time in American automotive history. As a result, few cars from the time are celebrated and many have even been forgottenthough, to be fair, not a great number those vehicles survive today. But as we lurch toward the 1970s golden anniversary, we think its high time unsung classics from the era were treated with a little more respect (or... [read more]
One of the most iconic Lamborghinis ever built, the Countach was introduced in 1974 as a replacement for the equally iconic Miura and survived into production for an impressive 16 years, until 1990. 30 years later and the Countach remains a highly sought-after collectible, commanding millions of dollars in certain specifications. If you like the late models with wider skirts and the more powerful V-12, you can score one in pristine condition at Silverstone Auctions' Race Retro sale in the... [read more]
The year is 1949 and Hot Rod Magazine is in its infancy, and our sport is too. By December, Hot Rod had their formula dialed in. The issue... continue reading
October 22, 1964 proved to be a fateful day. The 53rd, 54th, and 55th Porsche 911s were built that day, only they werent called 911s. See, a year earlier at the 50th Paris Motor Show the Porsche 901 had debuted. Reaction was mixed. So big! So fat! Its truemuch of the assembled press bemoaned how much larger and heavier the 901 was compared to the 356 it would replace. Sound familiar? Im sure some car scribes dug it, though. One... [read more]
Quick Stats: Ronde Barber, Analyst for Fox NFL, Super Bowl champion Daily Driver: 2017 Ram 2500 (Rondes rating: 8 plus on a scale of 1 to 10) Other cars: see below Favorite road trip: Tampa to Pennsylvania Car he learned to drive in : Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme First car bought: 1997 Toyota 4Runner Fox analyst and Super Bowl champion and defensive back Ronde Barber likes Corvettes so much, he doesnt have just one. He has four, ranging from a 1966... [read more]
2020 is supposedly the year that will bring us a replacement for the aging Nissan 370Z. We know for a thing that a cabriolet version wont be offered, and previous reports talked about 400Z as a potential name for the new model. The latest word on the upcoming new Nissan Z car is that it will flaunt reinterpreted retro styling cues, as Nissans designers are going back to the roots of the car.
As of the time of this writing, Europe and North America has only been graced with the 3.0-liter Toyota Supra. You know, the one that is rated at 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque, but was found to produce considerably more in not just one dyno run but two different dyno runs. Now, Toyota has announced that the four-cylinder Supra is coming to Europe (were sure itll come to North America soon, too) and, the truth is that it... [read more]