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Any new version of the Toyota RAV4 is automatically a big deal. Aside from a few big pickup trucks, the RAV4 is Americas favorite vehicle. And it has also been a winner among eco-conscious buyers; not long after the gas/electric RAV4 Hybrid debuted in 2016, it became Americas favorite hybrid even outselling Toyotas iconic Prius. So when Toyota announced the 2021 RAV4 Prime, it was a big deal. Forget about the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, a low-range plug-in hybrid version of... [read more]
The Audi RS Q8 stands as Audis most hardcore SUV. Its equipped with the same guts as the Lamborghini Urus, including a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that pushes out 591 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Sure, the Urus twin-turbo V-8 produces a higher output, but the RS Q8 is still as potent as any SUV thats out on the market. Speaking of shared components, the RS Q8 also shares the same twin-turbo V-8 with another Audi model: the mighty... [read more]
So as most of you know, Nate is building a '32 roadster. I've been following the build thread and marveling at his metal skills with the rest of... continue reading
Its been a while since the 4 Series was launched and understandably, some people havent been able to get over its looks - yeah, were looking at you, bucktooth grille. BMW, on the other hand, seems to have accepted the 4ers polarizing nature and has no problem whatsoever if customers modify the coupes front design.
Ford just released info on the highly anticipated Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition, and the all-electric SUV is quicker than all Mustang models save for the Shelby GT500. It also comes with a bit more torque than the regular Mach-E GT, as well as extra features inside the cabin.
The launch of the TRX is old news now and it looks like Ram has started tweaking the rest of the lineup as well. Last week, the company launched the fourth phase of the Built to Serve series trucks, and now it has updated the Heavy-Duty truck for the 2021 model year. The Ram 3500 HD now boasts of a higher tow rating and a higher peak torque. A few tech features are also introduced, but in terms of aesthetics... [read more]
Carwow has been a constant supplier of drag races, and this time, the YouTube channel lined up what is arguably the most talked about hot hatch today, the Toyota GR Yaris, and put it up against one of the kings of the segment, the Honda Civic Type-R. Its not a fair fight on the surface the Type R is far more powerful than the spunky GR Yaris but this is the type of drag race where outright power and speed... [read more]
Aerodynamics is one of the most exploited areas within the high-performance vehicle industry. Yet it is not easy to judge just how much of it you need, particularly in a road going car. Most car fans will be aware of its importance. However, for a non-engineer, the term aerodynamic load can be diffuse and hard to quantify. This is what you need to know about it.
The hand-built 507 is arguably the most eye-pleasing BMW to ever hit the streets and the fact that it was made in very limited numbers only adds to its desirability. BMW built just 254 units between 1955 and 1959 and as some of you might recall, Elvis Presley drove one. You can, too, but only if youre willing to shell out north of $1.6 million.
Until now, Hyundai Motor Group has focused on fitting electric powertrains into vehicles that were originally built to accommodate internal combustion engines. From the Hyundai Kona Electric to the Kia Niro EV , the automaker has started to achieve some success in this area, in spite of the compromises inherent to the approach. Now, it's turning the page by introducing its first dedicated platform for battery electric vehicles. The platform will underpin a wide range of new electric models... [read more]
If theres a vehicle that had us conflicted, it was the previous Jaguar F-Pace SVR. Its brutally entertaining supercharged V-8 thrilled , but the interior wasunimpressive. And thats a real issue in its segment of big-sticker SUVs with jaw-slacking performance, as such models are now in abundance. The F-Pace SVR had the moves but not the refinement. The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR is here, and the stuff that aint broken isnt fixed, but theres welcome news inside the luxury SUV... [read more]
Its over. The Nikola Badger electric pickup truck is a no-go. The stillborn truck that would have been a bold addition to the smorgasbord of forthcoming electric pickup trucks has been stuffed underground for good. Call it what you may: another tragedy of 2020; a smoke and mirrors dream that never really had hope; a stroke of good luck for other electric startups. Regardless, without an OE partnership, the Badger program will not continue. But wait, didnt Nikola just strike... [read more]
Well make no bones about it the 2022 Nissan Ariya is one of the most significant Nissans of the past 25 years, or maybe even longer. This is not to say were sure this electric car will be a roaring success, as the very specific market for non-Tesla EV crossovers costing less than $50,000 is still as of yet unproven and rather unpopulated. But forthcoming EVs like the Ariya, Ford Mustang Mach-E , and the VW ID4 will determine if... [read more]
The 2022 Acura MDX is an open secret at this point. First, it leaked online courtesy of Acura's own infotainment system software. Thenwe got a preview of the 2022 MDX Prototype , which we're quite sure is representative of the real thing. Now, however, Acura has announced the timing for the release of the actual 2022 MDX. --> The new MDX makes its official debut on Tuesday, December 8 at 2:30 PM EST. The crossover is due to feature a... [read more]
The partnership between Toyota and Mazda might spawn a new car, one thats going to replace the current Mazda2 sold in Europe. If the rumors are true, then the new Mazda2 could be based on the Yaris Hybrid supermini.
Good things come to those who wait, as evidenced by the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT. Unlike Fords lesser Mustang Mach-E models, which are due to go on sale before the end of the year, the Blue Oval plans to start selling the high-end Mach-E GT in late summer 2021next year, at the time of this writing. As the most powerful iteration of the Blue Oval's electric SUV , the GT trim packs a total of 480 hp134 more than... [read more]
Mazda's mission to install its turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine in practically every vehicle it sells remains ongoing. The 2021 CX-30 small crossover is the latest Mazda to gain the turbo engine as an option after the CX-9 , CX-5 , Mazda 6 , and Mazda 3 . Now we know what that option will cost in the CX-30, and it's a decent chunk of change. --> The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo will run $6,600 more than an equivalent non-turbo... [read more]
German luxury brand Audi will, in a couple of years' time, be back doing two things that it does really well: go fast on dirt and go fast in really long circuit races. In other words, Audi announced that the 2020-2021 season of Formula E will be the last for Audi as a factory team, the money spent keeping the Audi Sport Team Abt Schaeffler operation at the sharp end of the world's best-well-known EV racing series being redirected to... [read more]
McLaren is a very busy automaker, whipping up both series and special variants of its various car lines with dizzying frequency. We just heard that the newest entry-level McLaren, sporting a new hybrid V-6 powertrain, will be called the Artura and its likely to spawn a broad family of regular production and special variants, just like its Sports Series predecessor . On the other end of the spectrum is the McLaren BC-03 Sabre, a limited run (possibly very limited) of... [read more]
To be honest, I get a little blue when December rolls around The sun sets before 5pm, and although I'm still digesting turkey leftovers, it's already past time... continue reading
Mercedes-AMG is gearing up to introduce a Black Series version of the muscular GT . The sports car boasts the most powerful production AMG V-8 engine of all time, but it wont be cheap. As in, it'll probably cost more than your house, because when it arrives next year, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series will sticker for $326,050. Worth it? A true race car for the road, the GT Black Series packs a familiar 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8. Instead of... [read more]
Ferrari is giving us a guided digital tour of the SF90 Spider with valuable inputs from Flavio Manzoni, the companys design chief who has signed his name on the likes of F12 Berlinetta, 812 Superfast, and Monza SP1 and SP2.
Until the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX came out, Ford F-150 Raptor was the only full-size off-road truck that seemed to have made an impact in the market. The TRX was coined as the Raptor killer early on, but Ram took everything up a notch, leaving the F-150 Raptor unscathed to a large extent. However, weve been waiting to see these two go up against each other for the longest time, and thanks to TFL, it has become a reality. The... [read more]
Pros Fantastic engines Phenomenal transmission Exceptional towing ability Cons Disappointing interior Tremors off-road experience Pricey Going into to this years Truck of the Year competition , the refreshed Ford Super Duty was the odds-on favorite. In 2017, the then-new Super Duty took home the G olden C alipers ; this years edition just went through a particularly thorough refresh. View Other 2021 Truck Of The Year Contenders And Finalists Here --> Even though the honey-do list was short, much has... [read more]
Jenson Button was on the top of the world some 11 years ago when he became the first British racing driver since Damon Hill in 1996 to become Formula 1 World Drivers' Champion but there was no sign of elation on the now-former F1 star's face on November 8, 2020 as he climbed out of his McLaren 720S GT3. A lackluster race around the legendary Silverstone Grand Prix loop ended similarly inconspicuous for Button and team-mate Chris Buncombe, as the... [read more]
BMW M3 needs no introduction. The new model with the kidney grille has faced a lot of flak, but thats because the yesteryear models had set the bar so high. One such M3 from the 1980s has arrived at the Bring-a-Trailer auctions and it looks absolutely droolworthy. This 88 belongs to the first-gen of the M3s ever produced by BMW. This particular example comes with a four-cylinder engine, a manual gearbox, and has over 80,000 miles on the odo.
People have been raving about the Porsche Taycan ever since it debuted. Car journos and vloggers launched controlled it, drifted it, and drove it on the track, screaming in pleasure from behind the wheel. Being a Porsche, the Taycan must deliver heavily on the performance front, which it does, regardless of trim and powertrain configuration. But whats it like to live on a daily basis with Porsches first-ever EV? After all, excellent daily-driver traits are quintessential for Porsche, so how... [read more]
The 2021 Morgan 3 Wheeler P101 is a limited-edition version of the company's three-wheeled sports car. Limited to only 33 units, the P101 celebrates the end of production of the 3 Wheeler, which Morgan has been offering since 2011. Named after the internal codename given to the project that revived the 3 Wheeler almost 10 years ago, the 2021 3 Wheeler P101 comes with a range of exclusive features that mostly address the car's exterior. What makes it stand out... [read more]
If youre an environmentally conscious one-percenter, driving an electric car simply isnt enough. You need to embrace green living in every aspect of your affluent lifestyle, and that includes your ultra-posh boat. Enter Silent-Yachts, an Austrian manufacturer of premium solar-powered luxury watercraft that has just partnered with Volkswagen Group to incorporate the auto giants MEB modular electric drive platform into its next super-yacht. Even though Silent-Yachts will develop the solar electric catamaran based around the MEB electric drive bits, the... [read more]
Buying a used car can save you lots of moneyor be a massive headache. How can you really know what that vehicle went through before the keys became yours? Buying through a certified pre-owned program is a great way to increase peace of mind. But CPO programs arent all created equal. So how can you know which ones are the best? Trust the experts at IntelliChoice (a MotorTrend subsidiary). What Are the Best Certified Pre-Owned Programs for 2021? To determine... [read more]
We called the 2021 Volkswagen ID4 perhaps the most important car VW has ever launched in the United States after our first drive. The key to cementing its place in the companys American history, though, likely comes down to its driving range. Thankfully for Volkswagen, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officially rates the electric SUV to travel 250 miles on a full charge. That sum matches VW's predictions and ought to quell the range anxiety of most consumers. That said... [read more]
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Essential History: Generation One The Mercedes-Benz C-Class , also known by its internal code name, W202, rolled onto the American car scene in late 1993 as a 1994 model , replacing the 190E (W201) as the brand's compact offering. The rear-drive C-Class was initially offered in four-cylinder C 220 (147-hp) and six-cylinder C 280 (194-hp) variants, with the numbers denoting engine displacement (i.e. 2.2 and 2.8 liters). The 268-hp C 36 AMG model joined the lineup for 1995... [read more]
Although car manufacturers often warn us against using any form of additives on a cars engine or fuel system, there are those that stand out with undeniable qualities. Mechanics might still look at it as just another market plot which aims to take your money, in return for empty promises of improved engine performance and longevity. Some, however, come through and deliver. Here are 10 reasons why you should use Marvel Mystery Oil.
Last year Ferrari unveiled the 488 GT3 Evo , a refined and massaged version of the 488 GT3 racecar that made its debut in 2016 . Per FIA rules and regulations, manufacturers are allowed to make an all-new racecar (or an Evo version of their current car) once every three years. So, if it's not an all-new racecar, what is the 488 GT Modificata you see before you? Simple answer: it's the newest track-day-only Ferrari. But you probably can't buy... [read more]
General Motors has dropped plans to take an equity stake in Nikola and build the Phoenix-based companys electric pickup. The two automakers announced a new, significantly scaled back deal today that involves fuel cell systems for semi-trucks. The original deal, announced in September, gave Nikola a strong foothold into the electric truck market. GM was going to build the Nikola Badger , a 906-hp truck that was expected to reach 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. These numbers would make it... [read more]
Tweed is one of those quintessential symbols of the British Isles, particularly Ireland and Scotland, and so the announcement that some particularly choice tweed patterns are coming to the interior of certain Mulliner-customized Bentleys is surprising only in as much as it wasnt already on the main menu. Four tweed patterns are coming to the Bentayga , Continental GT , and Flying Spur via Mulliners Personal Commissioning Guide. Each is available as door trim. Sadly, tweed is not yet available... [read more]
Since the dawn of electric vehicles, all the records set by internal combustion-engined supercars and hypercars are in danger. The same applies to drag races and quarter-mile runs, too. Weve seen numerous races where EVs have obliterated some of the most beloved fuel-powered counterparts. Heres another race where a V-10 takes on a dual-motor setup. Were talking about the Lamborghini Huracan Performante and the Tesla Model S. Both the cars are closely matched in terms of performance, but the race... [read more]
If my neighborhood is any indication, one industry that hasnt been impacted by this years health crisis is home construction and repair. As I greet the morning, poking my head out the sliding-glass door with coffee in hand, I hear the dulcet resonances of circular saws, nail guns, and air compressors filling the otherwise still air. Homebuilding and construction is powered by pickup trucks, including those vying for this years MotorTrend Truck of the Year award. Whether its hauling cement... [read more]
I've never participated in Cyber Monday and frankly, probably never will again. It just seems like a cheap and insincere way of capitalizing off a holiday season that... continue reading
Putting down the first few sentences of a feature like this 1987 Honda CRX Si is a little tougher than usual. Its not the familiar story of picking up an old, used Honda, adding wheels and a drop before giving in and going all out on a full-blown build. Furthermore, to be clear, its also not the prissy collectable, loaded with rare JDM gems and only pulled out of its protective bubble wrap a few times a year to gawk... [read more]
Try to predict what mobility will look like in the next 15 or 20 years judging by the current prototypes from a couple of companies and if your imagination allows it, youll be looking at a very diverse environment. I mean, Uber wants to take ride sharing to the skies, flying car startups are slowly making headway, and pretty much every carmaker out there has some sort of self-driving prototype in mind. And most often than not, these contraptions are... [read more]
Weve seen our fair share of drag races this year, possibly because theres not much else to do with the coronavirus pandemic still raging all over world. Weve seen all sorts of combinations, too, but what we havent seen is a generational drag race between two supercars that trace their roots to the same origin, or at least one of them does. This is a race between the McLaren 540C, the British automakers supposed entry-level supercar, and the iconic Mercedes... [read more]
The old Bimmers have a charm that the new ones just cannot match. An E9 from the 70s has arrived at Bring-a-Trailer and it certainly looks like one to collect. The German automaker built the E9 from 1968 to 1975. Apart from its classic, stellar looks, the car was also a performance beast back in those days. BMW even built a homologation of this series in the form of the 3.0 CSL model, which was quite successful as a racing... [read more]
2006 seems like forever ago, doesnt it? At the very least, it feels like a different lifetime. Social media was still in its infancy and the world felt a lot bigger back then. 2006 was also a big year for Ford. The Blue Oval was bringing the Shelby Mustang back to life after a 25-year absence. Ford went all-out in marketing the return of the Shelby nameplate, and one commercial, in particular, effectively hammered Fords point. The Shelby Mustang was... [read more]
Electric cars are a great way to save money by not using gas or diesel and to help the world cut down on emissions, but we can all agree that EVs sound dull at low speeds and a bit annoying under full throttle. Thanks to Thor Tuning, now we can fix that with an electronic exhaust that will make your EV sound like any car out there or even a jet fighter. And it also works on hybrids or any... [read more]
In September, we compared the hottest performing SUVs from BMW , Maserati , Mercedes , and Porsche , the winner of which earned a spot in our 2021 Best Drivers Car competition. Sadly, the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is arriving just a few months too late to market to have joined that competition, so well have to wait another year or so to learn whether it can improve on the fifth-of-five finishing order its Hellcat-powered Jeep cousin achieved in... [read more]
1989 Lincoln Town Car Transmission. All Wheel Drive questions. 2012 Dodge Avenger Air Bags. 2004 GMC Sierra 1500 Engine Noise up top. Exhaust Leaks. 1998 Tahoe Brakes release at low speed and wont stop. 1996 Buick Park Ave. Transmission wont shift. 2003 Caddy CTS Steering Problems. 2016 Ram Dually Turn Signals Blow Bulbs. 2002 Toyota Tundra Check Engine Light. 1996 Ford F150 2wd Brakes Get Hard. Press "Play" below to listen to this episode
Amidst the horde of EV hypercars, U.K.-based automaker Naran Automotive has come up with a 1,048-horsepower internal combustion-engined hypercar. This bespoke build doesnt have a name yet, so, lets just call it Naran for now. Naran will be powered by a 5.0-liter, V-8 engine thats not supplemented by any electric motors or batteries whatsoever. The automaker says it will build only 49 examples of this beast and each one can be highly customized as per the owners needs.
EPA fuel economy estimates for the new, 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 are in and the German EV is just as efficient as the company claimed it would be. The Environmental Protection Agency says that the ID.4 will be able to travel for up to 250 miles on a single change, which is identical to Volkswagen's forecast for the U.S. market. This figures places the ID.4 above the Standard Range version of the Ford Mustang Mach-E.