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The Bomb City Podcast

Or what not I think I've said that a handful of times in my life certainly no more than ten times. But Nic from the Bomb City... continue reading

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Rain Prisk Just Envisioned the Nissan GT-R50 as a Mid-Engine Car and Its Perfect

So, the Nissan GT-R50 is no longer a pipe dream. Its going to be built in limited quantities as a special-edition supercar brought to us by Nissan and Italdesign. Naturally, news of the GT-R50s imminent arrival has sent everyone in a tizzy, including designer Rain Prisk, who quickly took inspiration from the stunning supercar and created his interpretation of what the GT-R50 could look like if it took the form of a mid-engine supercar. A mid-engined version of the Nissan... [read more]

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Why the Chrysler Pacifica Is the Minivan You Want for Your Next Road Trip

After spending two weeks on the road in the Pacifica, Ive gained a new appreciation for its luggage-swallowing cargo area and have grown to love its onboard vacuum. Im also now an expert at in-car, side-of-the-road diaper changes. Road trips are such great learning experiences. As we did two years ago in the long-term Mini Clubman, my wife and I meandered our way up to Reno, Nevada, for her biennial family reunion. The difference is this time we had a... [read more]

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2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Review: Remarkably Better

My wife loves her a to-do list. Checking items off the list gives her a little spark of joy no matter how many boxes are left to check. I suspect the engineers on the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 program are more than a little happy themselves with the items theyve crossed off their list. Mercedes introduced the CLA in 2013 as a hip, inexpensive entry point meant to lure people out of their Accords and Camrys and into a Benz... [read more]

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McLaren 620R

The 2021 McLaren 620R is the range-topping version of the Sports Series, the company's entry-level lineage of sports cars. Essentially a road-legal version of the 570S GT4, the 2021 620R slots above the 600LT. Design-wise, the 2021 620R is almost identical to the 570S GT4. It also features the same engine, but because it's not restricted by racing regulations, the V-8 boasts more power. Rated at 610 horsepower, the 2021 620R is the most powerful Sports Series vehicle ever created... [read more]

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Shelby F-150 Super Snake Sport

The insane and utterly mental 755-horsepower Shelby Super Snake F-150 Concept Truck is headed to production. Long associated with the Ford Mustang, the Shelby Super Snake moniker makes its way to the mighty F-150 truck for the very first time. The stunning concept only made its debut last month at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show, but after receiving incredible demand from enthusiasts, the media, and Shelby dealerships, the concept quickly turned into a limited edition production model. Only 250 units... [read more]

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The Shelby F-150 Super Snake Sport Is More Powerful Than a Mustang GT500

Intrigued by a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, but worried about its lack of a truck bed? Fret not: Shelby Americans been hard at work to give you the vehicle you desire. Its the 2020 Shelby F-150 Super Snake Sport, and it boasts more horsepower than the most powerful production Mustang ever . Based on the regular cab, short-bed F-150, the Super Snake Sport receives a comprehensive performance makeover from Shelby American. Underhood is a 5.0-liter V-8 fed by a massive... [read more]

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2020 Mercedes-Maybach GLS Picture Gallery

The Mercedes GLS now has a hotter, sexier sister that wears a Maybach badge and a whole lot of model-exclusive features. Naturally, the interior is the epitome of luxury, ranking up there with the best of the best, but the exterior has been updated to make it stand out in the GLS lineup as well. This includes the two-tone exterior finish, the massive chrome grille, and the cheese grater-like insert in the front fascia. That part we cant really get... [read more]

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Future BMW M4's Huge Grille Previewed in Race Car Teaser Image

BMW caused a stir with its Concept 4 , for one reason only. The cars gigantic kidney grille was as captivating as it was polarizing, leaving many BMW fans conflicted about this potential direction for the upcoming 4 Series revamp. Now, though, an image of Bavaria's newest race car seems to further verify that the future BMW M4 will wear the concepts gaping grille. Are you ready? I dont think Im ready. Ready or not, the single teaser image of... [read more]

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Car for Sale: 1961 Sunbeam Harrington Alpine NART Coupe

An old friend of the public automotive auction scene is back for another go. The Sunbeam Alpine was an interesting yet underrated British sports car that once raced disguised as a Ferrari. It wasn't some gimmick, just the result of the relationship between famed U.S. Ferrari importer, racer, and team owner Luigi Chinetti and the owner of this particular Sunbeam Harrington Alpine Coupe. With a 1.6-liter engine developing just 104 horsepower, the Sunbeam Alpine was surely not the car you'd... [read more]

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Print Finally Died

I don't know if anyone in the print world realized it at the time, but the fatal blow came in the late 1990's. That's when technology knocked on... continue reading

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Spy Shots: The 2021 Audi A3 Sedan Will Look As Hot As the 2019 Audi S3

Seven years old as of late 2019, the third-generation Audi A3 is a bit long in the tooth and a fourth-gen model is underway. Alongside the familiar hatchback, Audi is also working on a new sedan model, including a higher performance S3 version. The latest prototype was spotted cold-weather testing in Sweden and the bodywork suggests that the compact four-door is ready to go into production. The A3 wasn't wearing any camouflage, but it was hidden under a cover. Our... [read more]

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The 2021 McLaren 620R is the Road Legal GT4 Race Car Youve Been Praying For

Less than two years after it introduced the 600LT, supposedly the range-topping model within the Sports Series lineup, McLaren launched a sportier and even more powerful variant, the 620R. It's essentially a road-legal version of the 570S GT4 race car, and McLaren claims that it handles, performs, and feels like one. The 2021 620R is the most powerful Sports Series model, but it's also the most exclusive, with production set to hit only 350 units. Pricing starts from a whopping... [read more]

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Renault Megane R.S.

Revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the current-generation Renault Megane R.S. is due for its mid-life nip and tuck. The coming of such a revamped model is backed up by a set of photos sent it by our spy photographers, who caught the French hot hatch completely free of camouflage during what looks a lot like a pre-production test run. In all fairness, we dont expect Renault to operate a lot of changes on the facelifted Megane R.S., which... [read more]

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2019 Audi Q3 vs. 2020 Volvo XC40 Comparison: Which Is the Better Gen Y SUV?

Its a good time to be a millennial. I mean, not in the socio-economic sensewere underpaid, overworked, and can probably forget about retirement. But when it comes to cars, our generation is finally being catered to. From affordable and fun Subaru BRZs, to the tech wizardry that is the Tesla Model 3 , it seems that theres a car out there to meet each and every individual desire. For the more fortunate among us, the subcompact luxury SUV space is... [read more]

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How to Make the C8 Corvette Handle Even Better

In technical director Kim Reynolds figure-eight testing report on the 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Z51, he spoke of strong understeer, combined surprisingly with a fair amount of snap oversteer in this unique handling-limits test, one that MotorTrend has used for years as a standard of comparison. Id like to point out that a good chassis tester like Kim focuses on the negatives, elucidating where it can be better. Its something Ive always done as a racer, too, and is a... [read more]

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The Nurburgring Returns To Monopoly For A Second Go-Round

Not everyone gets the chance to go to the Nurburgring and drive around it, but just because thats the case, it doesnt mean you cant bring the Nurburgring to your living room. Youll get that chance now with the release of Nurburgring Monopoly. Its the second Nurburgring-themed version of Monopoly the first edition Nurburgring Monopoly was released in December 2018 but instead of featuring vintage race cars, the second-edition Nurburgring Monopoly comes with a more varied mix of figurines, including... [read more]

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The Cadillac CT6 fails, goes out of production after only four years

The Cadillac CT6, the company's range-topping sedan and spiritual successor to the iconic Fleetwood, will be discontinued in January 2020. A highly anticipated vehicle that should have revived Cadillac's presence on the full-size luxury, the CT6 leaves the scene after only four years in production. Although the discontinuation can also be attributed to the fact that General Motors is retooling its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant for electric vehicle production, the CT6 was a disappointment sales-wise, with less than 40,000 units sold... [read more]

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2020 Hyundai Sonata N Line First Look: Nrburgring Sonata

The big-name German performance brands all sell performance in various packages and steps, from BMW M Sport or Mercedes AMG Line packages to full-blown M and AMG models. Hyundai aspires to follow in these footsteps with N models like North Americas Veloster N and Europes i30 N at the top of the retail pyramid (factory racing N cars occupy the ultimate peak of the pyramid) and a widening line of N Line models occupying the rung beneath them. First to... [read more]

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Pdiddle Or SlugBug What Do You Call It

We have some crazy names that have to do with cars, How do you pronounce Pdiddle? Press "Play" below to listen to this episode

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Does It Get Any Better Than Seeing Supercar Blondie Drive the GFG Style 2030?

Supercar Blondie has all the luck when it comes to getting her hands on hypercars, supercars, and even concepts, and she got even luckier when she got to drive the Saudi Arabia exclusive GFG Style 2030. Her maiden voyage in the concept took place during the Riyadh Car Show in Saudi Arabia, where the Style 2030 was showcased alongside 1,200 other beautiful cars, a preview before the Style 2030 is shown off at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. But, thanks... [read more]

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2021 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring Picture Gallery

We know that youve probably seen the Corsair before it was released earlier this year, but new for 2020 is the Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring. This Corsair itself is aimed at the younger crowd that dont need three rows of seating and desire a little more space and now the Grand Touring trim steps in to provide even better fuel economy for those that are more green conscious. It might not be quite as powerful as the non-hybrid, but the... [read more]

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Roush F-150

Roush Performance is no stranger to building tricked out programs for Ford products over the years. The Ford specialist is at it again with a new kit developed specifically for the Blue Ovals best-selling pickup, the Ford F-150. The Roush package is available on either the F-150 XLT or F-150 Lariat trims. Its loaded on all fronts with exterior and interior upgrades to go along with performance improvements that are meant to give the F-150 an even more imposing off-road... [read more]

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Video - Can The Mercedes X-Class Win a Tug-O-War Battle With the Toyota Hilux and Isuzu D-Max?

Pickup tug-of-war battles have become the spectacles these days. Just about everybodys doing some form of it, and yes, this video is no different. This tug-of-war battle comes to us by way of Carwow, which decided to pit a Mercedes X-Class against a pair of Japanese trucks: the Isuzu D-Max and the Toyota Hilux. As with most tug-of-war scraps, the objective of this competition is to pull the other truck into your side of the set cone. Whichever pickup manages... [read more]

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2021 Kia Seltos Picture Gallery

If you didnt realize that there was a gap between the Kia Soul and the Kia Sportage, well, dont feel bad because we didnt either. But, its all good, because Kia has managed to fill that gap with a model known as the Seltos. It celebrated its U.S. launch at the 2019 Los Angels Auto Show after being introduced a couple of months before that in India. Naturally, there are some minor changes to make it meet U.S. regulations, but... [read more]

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Forbidden Fruit Review: 2019 Mercedes-AMG C 43 4Matic Wagon

Mercedes has for years owned the performance wagon segment in the U.S. Mind you, its a vanishingly small piece of the market. Between the demise of the achingly quixotic Cadillac CTS -V wagon in 2014556-hp supercharged V-8 under the hood, and 514 of them built with a six-speed manual transmissionand this years launch of the Audi RS 6 Avant , the Mercedes -AMG E 63 S wagon and Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S have been the only players in... [read more]

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This Ford Mustang Mach-E Pickup Rendering Could be a Perfect Electric Ranger Raptor

Fords decision to use the Mustang name on the Mach-E electric crossover opened a lot of doors, some of which Ford may or may not want to be opened. One of these doors leads to a long and window road riddled with speculation about Fords future plans for the Mustang name. Is the Mustang Mach-E a one-time deal that Ford did to generate interest in the electric crossover by having it carry the Mustang name? On the flip side, does... [read more]

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Video: What It's Like to Ride in the Tesla Cybertruck

The Tesla Cybertruck caused quite a scene when it debuted a few weeks ago, and it has since been a hot topic especially in the automotive industry. Available in single-, dual-, and tri-motor configurations, the Tesla Cybertruck promises up to 500 miles of range on a single charge. Unlike a traditional pickup, the Cybertruck has an angular look that gives it a super futuristic vibe, especially with its full-width headlights and roof-mounted lights. --> During the reveal, Associate Online Editor... [read more]

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Specs Check: 2021 Alfa Romeo Tonale vs. 2020 Volvo XC40

When it comes to luxury goods, bigger is always considered betterafter all, you dont see the super-rich buying up tiny homes, flaunting microscopic diamonds, or sailing in dinghies. Luxury cars and SUVs often have the same problem. A big, imposing Audi Q8 can be considered properly luxurious, whereas the little Q3 just doesnt have the same impact. But nevertheless, some subcompact luxury SUVs manage to buck that trend. Hailing not from Germany, but the design capitals of Italy and Sweden... [read more]

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Genesis GV80 SUV leaks with impressively powerful exterior

Having introduced three sedans from 2015 to 2017, Genesis is now preparing to launch a couple of SUVs. The first one goes by the name GV80 and we've seen it being tested in the wild quite a few times. But Hyundai's luxury division has yet to drop the camo so we had to do a rendering based on the details we knew and saw. Now, thanks to an early leak, we can get a good look at the SUV. And... [read more]

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Tesla Just Broke Its Promise on Cybertruck Production and Were Not Surprised One Bit

When Tesla launced the Cybertruck, we were promsied that the two cheaper versions the single motor, $39,900 model and the dual-motor $49,900 model would go into prodution in late 2021 while the more expensive tri-motor model with the Tesla Plaid drivetrain would arrive to the production line in late 2022. Now, Tesla has doubled back on its word and will delay the cheapest model until late 2021 so that the more expensive tri-motor Plaid model will enter production earlier.

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Building a 383ci Plymouth Road Runner for Less Than $7,500 on Roadkill Garage

Roadkill Garage is where David Freiburger and Steve Dulcich show you how to do the wrong thing the right way! Episode 50 is now streaming, and subscriptions to the MotorTrend App are on a crazy holiday sale for $1 per month (with ads) and $2 per month (no ads). Sign up now! Roadkill Garage , the show that was born out of fixing broken stuff from Roadkill , has hit its 50th episode. Over the years, its moved beyond fixing... [read more]

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Rumor Has It that the Ford Mach-1 is Coming Back, And It Could Be Electric

Remember when people rioted across the streets of the internet when Ford announced it was going to use the Mach 1 name and what has now debuted as the Mach-E? Well, a new video on that has since been taken private posted by CJPonyParts, suggested that the Mach 1 name was going to be applied to a new Mustang once the Mustang Bullitt is killed off in 2021. Details were scarce, and the video is now AWOL, but heres what... [read more]

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Like the Toyota Supra, the 2020 Shelby Mustang GT500 Could Be More Powerful Than Advertised

Its becoming a common trend to take new performance cars, slap them on a dyno, and see just how well the performance numbers stack up to automaker claims. We saw it with the Toyota Supra, and it proved to be way more powerful, even in a separate testing session. We saw it when Motor Trend Dynoed the C8 Corvette, and now were seeing it with the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. So, does the GT500 really produce the claimed 760... [read more]

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Pit Stops, Speed Shops & Roadside Oddities

Thanksgiving has come and gone, but I figured there's no time like the present to share some highlights from my trip home to Michigan. I spent the better... continue reading

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Pininfarina Pura Vision Concept

Pininfarina, once Ferrari's preferred coachbuilder, is now busy establishing itself as a standalone automaker. It put its best foot forward by unveiling the radical Battista hypercar that promises to be one of the fastest four-wheeled things on the planet and now it's doubling it down by announcing a whole range of models, the first of which will be an SUV. Fear not, however, as the Pura Vision isn't your average sporty SUV as Pininfarina aims to deliver supercar-level performance under... [read more]

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2020 Genesis G90 picture gallery

Genesis broke the rules when it came to putting the G90 through a mid-cycle facelift by going above any beyond anything we expected. The entire exterior has been revamped from the nose to the boot, with the only panels left untouched being the doors and the roof everything else is new. The headlights and taillights are now much sleeker than before, helping the G90 drop the last bit of its 90s-era econo-box DNA, while the hood, fenders, and front and... [read more]

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Duff McKagan of Guns N Roses Loves His Ford Mustang V-8-Powered Jag

Quick Stats: Duff McKagan, Guns N Roses bassist Daily Driver: 2018 Ford Explorer Sport (Duffs rating: 8 on a scale of 1 to 10) Other cars: See below Favorite road trip: Seattle to Wenatchee Car he learned to drive in : 1963 Volkswagen Beetle First car bought: 1963 Chevrolet Impala Guns N Roses bassist Duff McKagan prefers to keep things simple. Even though McKagan could buy any car, he calls himself a basic guy, and Ford has been his go-to... [read more]

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2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Four-Cylinder First Test: Quicker Than Some V-6s

Your preconceptions about this truck are wrong, OK? The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 proves that four-cylinder engines can make sense in 5,000-pound full-size trucks. After extensive real-world and track testing, we can tell you exactly where the 2020 Silverado 1500 RST and its 2.7-liter turbo-four fit into the truck world. For all the engine downsizing we've seen over the years, a four-cylinder full-size truck has remained unexplored territory in the modern ageuntil now. Chevy 's 2.7-liter turbo-four's specs make it... [read more]

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Second Drive: Hyundai Veloster Mid-Engine Supercar Concept Shows Great Potential

The invitation was cryptic. Hyundai public relations offered an ultra-performance prototype drive for a select group of media, at its California Proving Ground just outside of Mojave. Gosh, would that be the Veloster Nbased racing midship RM19 prototype that our tame racing driver, Randy Pobst, drove at the Nrburgring ? He loved the car despite a couple of quibbles. Well, sign me up! I arrived at the proving ground we happen to use to evaluate and test cars during our... [read more]

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Whats the Difference Between the Kia Seltos and Sportage SUVs?

The 2021 Kia Seltos premiered at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show looking muscular and rugged. Slotting below the Sportage, the Seltos is aimed at buyers who want something more city-friendly. When you look closer, there are more differences between the Seltos and Sportage beyond the obvious size discrepancy. Here are eight ways the Kia Seltos and Kia Sportage crossovers are different. Looks That Divide Exterior styling is perhaps the biggest difference between the Kia Seltos and Kia Sportage... [read more]

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Heres a Mercedes-AMG C63 S Doing a Burnout on a Flatbed Truck

People are really putting in work to strengthen the case for self-driving cars. Weve got idiots in Mustangs crashing on a regular basis, dumb asses in supercars crashing almost as frequently, and now were looking at another video of someone trusting the old straps of a flatbed truck to hold his Mercedes-AMG C63 S in place while he does a sitting burnout while the truck drives down the highway.

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Nissan Is Actually Putting the GT-R50 by Italdesign into Production

Weve seen the Nissan GT-R50 Concept and then Nissan showed us a production model, but we never thought the crazy-expensive version of Godzilla would actually go into production. Well, as it turns out, its already happened, and the first customer example will be shown off at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. Dont expect to get close to it though with a Price tag of 990,000, you can expect Nissan to be excessively cautious of who comes close.

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Ford F-150 Black Ops Edition

Much of the pickup worlds attention has been on the Tesla Cybertruck these days, but before anyone starts to forget, the Ford F-150 remains the king of all trucks. Its the standard-bearer in the segment, a distinction it has it more than earned. The F-150 also carries the distinction of being one of the most customizable trucks in the segment. Its versatile enough that it can even spawn special edition models, one of which comes to us by way of... [read more]

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No Time to Die Isn't the Only Bond Film With Sweet Rides

James Bond is the quintessential spy. The orphan turned assassin likes to work alone, but frequently shares the silver screen with some pretty hot sheetmetal. The first trailer for No Time To Die dropped on Wednesday, and it gave us our first glimpse at the 25th Bond film in the storied franchise. The new teaser shows a retired Bond being pulled back into service by an old friend, Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright). The trailer is packed with action. Motorcycle chases... [read more]

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2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S picture gallery

It was only a matter of time before Mercedes AMG division had its way with the Mercedes GLE SUV, and that day has come. Unveiled at the 2019 Los Angles Auto Show, the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S comes complete with a Panamerican-style grille, massive corner intakes, and the typical AMG exhaust outlets and diffuser. The interior is as luxurious as it gets in this segment and comes complete with plenty of AMG-specific styling cues like the infotainment system graphics, interior badges... [read more]

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Subaru Forester Competitors: How Other Small SUVs Stack Up

Whats the best small SUV on the market right now? We have our opinion , but theres no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Consumers have differing priorities when it comes to fuel economy, cargo space, design, and other buying factors. Although not a sales leader, the Subaru Forester is a solid contender in this space, especially after its recent redesign. Find out how this underdog SUV stacks up to the segment leaders in this Subaru Forester competitor comparison. The Competition... [read more]

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Genesis G90

Genesis has put the G90 luxury sedan through a rather extensive mid-cycle facelift that borders on the equivalence of what wed expect from a new generation and has put facelifts from competitors like Infiniti, Audi, Lexus, and BMW to shame. Part of this mid-cycle update includes a complete exterior rework (save for the roof and doors) and a bunch of updated technology and materials that push the G90 even deeper into the luxury segment. There are no powertrain updates to... [read more]

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Project Maximus and Reverence Dodge Chargers at Riyadh Car Show

See the Reverence Charger Here Cars and Coffee in Riyadh! Two classic Dodges caught HOT RODs attention at the Global Auto Salon in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, both of which have been/will be HOT ROD magazine feature cars. In many ways, they couldnt be more different, yet their similarities are in their builders willingness to push the envelope of what is possible in custom car building and metalworktons metalwork. Both cars are an exercise in that artform with two very different... [read more]

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A Mercedes AMG E63 Just Made the Cannonball Run in a Record 27 Hours and 25 Minutes

One of the auto worlds craziest and most sought-after records, the Cannonball Run has been broken. The infamous New-York-to-Los-Angeles run that has been the obsession of a subculture of gear heads for more than 50 years now has a new record time, and it was broken by three guys Arne Toman, Doug Tabbutt, and Berkeley Chadwick who managed to accomplish the run while driving a heavily modified 2015 Mercedes-AMG E 63, doing so in a staggering time of 27 hours... [read more]

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