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No matter how you spin it, this year has been unlike any other. There have been highs, lows and plenty of stuff in between. Its pretty crazy to... continue reading

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Mecum Collector Car Auction - Rick Treworgy's Muscle Car City 2021 - Day 1

The March 2021 Issue of HOT ROD Is on Sale Now

The times are uncertain right now, arent they? Well, take comfort in the pages of your favorite car magazine and ride out the storm. The March 2021 issue is on sale now, and its a pretty good one. People have been messaging and emailing me to say they appreciate seeing some old-school hot rods back in HOT ROD magazine, and those folks will certainly appreciate this issues cover car. I mean, look at that Flathead engine and Stromberg combination. That... [read more]

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Tesla Model S Convertible By Ares Design

Custom-made electric vehicles are a trend thats slowly picking up. They arent as popular as internal combustion-engined cars for now since there arent a lot of moving parts in EVs that you can play around with. Weve seen some tuners crack the system to unleash more power for a much cheaper price than the company offers. Apart from playing with the mechanicals, some aftermarket companies have worked on the body of EVs as well. From equipping it body kits and... [read more]

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The Toyota Supra and GT86 Could Soon Be Followed By The Celica

The iconic Toyota Celica could return after almost two decades to join the Supra and the 86 in the company's sports car lineup. Toyota has recently trademarked the Celica name in the U.S., hinting that the affordable coupe discontinued in 2006 is ready to make a comeback.

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Can The Tesla Model S Really Take Down the Aston Martin DBS In A Drag Race?

Tesla has taken down cars from many high-end brands, but there arent too many instances where it has gone up against Aston Martin. Courtesy of AutoTrader, we have a face-off between the two companies. Representing Tesla is the Model S Performance, and from Aston Martins corner, we have the DBS Superleggera Volante. The latter is in the same league as the McLaren 720S and Ferrari 488, so this will make for an interesting battle.

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BMW M Electrification Is Coming, And It Is Happening Sooner Than You Think

By the end of the year, we might witness the debut of BMW M's first-ever all-electric car. We're not the ones saying it, it's BMW itself. Even so, there are a lot of unknown puzzle pieces and before more official info comes our way, here's what we know so far about BMW M's plans to electrify, partially of totally, its range.

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Winfields Personal Merc

The mild custom Mercury post I put up last week briefly mentioned Joe Bailon and Gene Winfield's work on Mercs as well. I was just looking through my... continue reading

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By 2028 The Ford Mustang Could Be An All-Electric Coupe

When Ford unveiled its first electric SUV, the Mach-E, with Mustang in it, people lost their minds. The pony badge belongs to a rich heritage of loud, roaring muscle cars that has built a legacy of its own over the decades. Many of us kind of accepted it since it was a new model with the Mustang badge and not a replacement. However, this new report has ticked us off again. According to Autoline Daily, the Mustang is going to... [read more]

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Volkswagen Brings Back Classic Color(s) to Raise 2021s Spirits

Volkswagen has brought back one of its most famous colorways for a one-off showcase thats sure to delight and somewhat disappoint fans who have lived long enough to remember the famous color scheme. Twenty-five years ago, Volkswagen launched the Polo Harlequin it was called the Harlekin in Germany to tremendous fanfare. The Polo Harlequin ended up being such a big hit that Volkswagen turned it into a limited-run production model. Fast forward to 2021 and Volkswagen Netherlands decided to tap... [read more]

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How Comfortable Is the 2021 Toyota Venza? We Road Tripped for Over 4,000 Miles

I wrapped up 2020 the same way I started it, with a cross-country trip from Los Angeles to Houston. Last year I drove our long-term Volvo S60 to visit my family during the holidays and had such a great time that I decided to repeat it (and who knows, maybe it will become a tradition). This time, my chariot was our 2021 Toyota Venza the hybrid-only SUV that serves as an alternative in Toyotas SUV lineup to the off-road-looking RAV4... [read more]

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2021 Audi SQ5 First Test Review: S Is for Sporty and Suave

With SUVs being so popular now, manufacturers have the challenge of fitting multiple models into a multitude of niches to satisfy all kinds of customers. Take Audi , for example, whose Q5 represents about 25 percent of the marques U.S. sales. Part of that has to do with the model's three very different powertrain variants: the regular Q5 45 TFSI, the gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid Q5 55 TFSI e, and the dynamic SQ5 . In the hottest segment of the game... [read more]

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If You Want to Get One of the First Cadillac CT5-V Blackwings, You Need to Pony Up $1,000

Cadillac's highly anticipated Blackwing sedans are almost here, with both the CT4-V and CT5-V models set to debut on February 1, 2021. If you're anxious to get one, you'll be happy to know that preorders for both models will open the same day they debut. However, be prepared to pay a $1,000 deposit to reserve a spot.

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2021 Mazda CX-9 First Test Review: Twice-Baked Goodness

Youre sitting alone in a well-lit dining room. The only thing keeping you company is a cup of coffee and 12 empty table settings, all of which are for you. Behind a set of double doors tucked in the back corner is all the banging, clattering, and chaos of a very busy bakery. All for me? you might be wondering. Oh, yes. Behind those doors Mazda is cooking up the 2021 CX-9 , and it (like the 11 other brands... [read more]

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11 Fast French Cars That Arent Bugatti

Normally the subject of French performance cars is spent with the mention of Bugatti models, which for decades have been making some of the fastest and most exquisite road-going cars in the world. But what if we have to think about fast road-legal French cars that arent from that brand? Believe it or not, there are more than a few such examples, ranging from mass-produced compact sports cars to quirky exotics with a very limited production run.

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This Self-Driving Toyota Supra Drift Car Aims For a Safer Future

We're all familiar with Toyota's TRD (Toyota Racing Development). Other than looking to squeeze the best performance out of its cars for off-road or track use, the Japanese carmaker is also running TRI. TRI stands for Toyota Research Institute, a division founded in 2016 which allows the Japanese brand to channel its efforts on making cars a safer place. Within TRI, Toyota is developing the Guardian, an automated safety system that learns how to spot a dangerous situation and react... [read more]

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Lottery Winner Scores a Chevrolet Corvette C8, But Its Never Than Simple

A lucky individual from Georgia named Dennis Kahler scored a huge win when he won a brand-new Chevrolet Corvette C8 from a scratch-off Georgia Lottery ticket. He also pocketed a cool $250,000, which wouldve made anyones day. Turns out, some jackpot prizes take time to bear fruit, especially if theres no plan in place to actually award Kahler with a Corvette C8 the moment he won it. What was supposed to be a joyous moment for the lucky fella has... [read more]

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Former PSA Chairman Says Teslas Valuation Makes No Sense

Tesla is a hot company with its own, growing community of fanboys that are relentless in sharing their beliefs. In some respect, its understandable some of the worlds largest automakers could learn a thing or two from Tesla. But can the company continue as it has? As reported by pymnts.com, Teslas market value just hit $820 billion on January 8, 2021, pushing the company into the top 5. This puts the company under Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Alphabet. This means... [read more]

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Official: The Volkswagen Golf Has Been Discontinued in America

We heard rumors back in the spring of 2019 , right around the time the Golf SportWagen and Alltrack wagons were discontinued ,but now weve gotten the official word: The Volkswagen Golf hatchbacks nearly-fifty-year run in the U.S. has come to an end. The Puebla plant cranked out its last North American-bound 2021 Volkswagen Golf last week, and once the supply dries up, thats it. This should come as a surprise to absolutely no one. Sales of the Golf (all... [read more]

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Mopar B-Body Fun: Taming a 65 Dodge Coronet Drag Racer for Daily Use

The 1965 Dodge Coronet 500 might not be your average Mopar B-body enthusiasts first choice, but the Wheeler Dealers , Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead, arent your average Mopar enthusiasts. Indeed, they're clued in to something that some Chrysler-philes dont get: Its not all about Chargers and GTXs! The Coronet was cool, too, and it was one of Dodges annual best sellers year over year and also benefited from Mopars performance magic. Related: Sign up to the MotorTrend App today... [read more]

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Fast and Dangerous: What It's Like to Drive a Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car

I try to stay calm, Jason Rupert says when asked what it is like right before a run in a Nostalgia Funny Car. I put on the fire suit, the boots, and the helmet. Its almost routine getting the stuff on. I try not to worry about the mechanical things; I try to become a driver. A good crew is key; you have to trust those guys. Rupert has won many times in Top Alcohol to Nitro classes. These cars... [read more]

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Mopar B-Body Fun: Taming a 65 Dodge Coronet Drag Racer for Daily Use

The 1965 Dodge Coronet 500 might not be your average Mopar B-body enthusiasts first choice, but the Wheeler Dealers , Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead, arent your average Mopar enthusiasts. Indeed, they're clued in to something that some Chrysler-philes dont get: Its not all about Chargers and GTXs! The Coronet was cool, too, and it was one of Dodges annual best sellers year over year and also benefited from Mopars performance magic. Related: Sign up to the MotorTrend App today... [read more]

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Got Yer Nose: 2022 Toyota GR 86's Front End Leaked

Less than a week after renderings of production-ready bodywork of the next-gen Nissan Z car leaked from an Australian patent site comes a reveal of the new 2022 Toyota GR 86 . Well, its nose, at least. Fans and followers of the Toyobaru twinsthat's the 86 and mechanically identical Subaru BRZ wont be surprised to learn that it looks not too dissimilar to the new Subaru unveiled just this past November. The design of the new 86s fascia also takes... [read more]

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Horsepower Is Always King More More More

Are Those Jump Packs out there for sale any good? 1999 F350 V10 Exhaust Manifolds Leaking. 1987 Chevy Truck with a Fuel Delivery Issue. Dreaming of the Powerboat Shootout. 2008 Silverado with AFM Noise. Delete Kit? New LED Lights now make Signals Flash Fast. Durango with Leaking Exhaust Manifolds. 2011 Chevy Truck Wont Shift From Park. Press "Play" below to listen to this episode

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How Much Is a Tesla? Heres a Price Breakdown

Update: This post was updated on January 20, 2021, to include the latest prices for Tesla's various electric vehicles. Everyone knows theyre not cheap, but exactly how much does a Tesla cost? Theres a huge difference in price between the cheapest Tesla and the most expensive Tesla. The EV lineup works for a wide variety of budgets and expectations. Tesla changes its prices and trim-levels every now and then, but below youll find pricing information for each Tesla model as... [read more]

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Fancy a Topless, Two-Door Tesla Model S? Send Money to Ares Design

If you fancy some quality top-down time in something wearing the official Tesla T, we're afraid youre limited to one of the original Lotus-based Tesla Roadsters in used condition or waitingpotentially in vainfor the upcoming second-gen Roadster thats allegedly entering production later this year. It seems not everyone is as patient with their wait for a topless Tesla as the majority of the Roadster 2.0s existing reservation holders. One moneyed Tesla enthusiast worked with Modena-based automotive atelier Ares Design to... [read more]

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Rear-Drive 2021 Porsche Taycan Cuts Over $20K From the EV's Price

Lighter and much less expensive than the next-cheapest trim, the newrear-drive 2021 Porsche Taycan base model seems like a great way to get this electric sports sedan into the hands of more enthusiasts. Before today, the least-expensive Taycan was the 4S version, which starts at$105,150. The new rear-drive Taycan slices a full $23,900 off the price, ringing in at $81,250. The single-motor Taycan still brings some heat, though not nearly as much as the Taycan 4S and the even-more-powerful Taycans... [read more]

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Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO Tattoo Edition by Carlex Design

Carlex Design is renowned far and wide for its expertise in visual upgrades for all sorts of vehicles. Carlex has worked on different vehicle types, ranging from luxury SUVs like the Range Rover and Rolls-Royce Cullinan to performance machines like the Ferrari 488, McLaren 720S, and the current subject of our desire, the Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro. Carlex even comes with appropriate names for its creation. This program for the mighty AMG is called the Tattoo Edition, and its an... [read more]

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Mercedes E450 Cabriolet - Driven

In a world where SUVs have all but taken over the market, there are fewer sedans and coupes to choose from. That reality is even worse for those looking for something with a top that gracefully stows away in the rear for unlimited headroom on demand. In fact, if you want a decent convertible these days, youre only good option is either going with a roadster like the Mercedes SLC or Jaguar F-Type or something more conventional like the Audi... [read more]

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Rolls-Royces EV Plans Are Starting To Materialize, And Theres a Shadowy Secret

Just because Rolls-Royce has been tight-lipped about its electrification plans doesnt mean they dont have any. At least, thats what this scoop suggests. According to Autocar, the British automaker is developing a new EV from the ground up rather than plonking an electric powertrain in any of its existing models. A patent for Silent Shadow filed late last year further fuels these reports. Will this new model mark the beginning of a new EV era for Rolls-Royce?

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The Jim Mcfall 36 Survivor

I had nothing to write today, so decided to browse the classifieds for inspiration. While doing so, I stumbled upon Mark Moriarity's '36 that he saved a while... continue reading

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Renault 5 Prototype - A Glimpse Into The Future

The 2021 Renault 5 Prototype is a concept car that the French automaker unveiled during the presentation of its "Renaulution" strategic plan in January 2021. A modern tribute to the iconic Renault 5 produced from 1972 to 1996, the Renault 5 Prototype previews a production model that will arrive by 2025. The modern Renault 5 will be one of seven all-electric vehicles that the French brand wants to launch over the next four years, but apparently it won't replace the... [read more]

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Hennessey Introduces a 1,000-Horsepower Ram 1500 TRX That Takes Just 3.2 Seconds to 60 MPH

Back in September 2020, Hennessey announced the introduction of a six-wheeled iteration of the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX called the Mammoth 6x6. The super-exclusive truck was limited to just three examples and was priced at half-a-million bucks a pop. Even though it sounded super exciting, a more practical version of the truck wouldve been a better option. It looks like Hennessey has answered our wishes. The aftermarket companys latest project is a 1,000+ Horsepower four-wheeled version of the Ram 1500... [read more]

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Toyota Supra 2.0

We all know an love - well, not all - the A90 Supra and its 3-liter inline-six mill which, yes, comes from BMW, the co-developer of the Supra-Z4 project. One year after the Supra's unveil, Toyota decided to come up with a lighter, cheaper, and presumably equally fun version that's animated by a four-cylinder mill. Turbocharging is still on the table, as well as a lighter platform for even nippier on-road behavior, despite the natural drop in power. Here's all... [read more]

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The Rimac C_Two, Which Doesnt Even Have a Real Name, Is Not Completely Sold Out

The Rimac C_Two has been in development for the better part of two years, and even though the final production version hasnt been revealed, the Czech automaker hasnt had trouble attracting prospective customers. No, Rimac hasnt sold the C_Twos entire production run, but it has filled up the supercars production allocation for the first year. Thats the word from no less than Rimacs head honcho Mate Rimac, who took to Facebook to clarify rumors that all 150 planned units of... [read more]

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To Compete With Tesla, The Porsche Taycan Just Got Cheaper - If Youre Willing To Sacrifice

The rear-wheel-driven Porsche Taycan comes to join the likes of Taycan Turbo S, Turbo, and 4S. It's also the entry-level Taycan and the fourth variant on sale. Customers can opt for one of the two available battery sizes and Porsche says we should see the new variant in showrooms by the middle of March 2021.

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Mercedes-Benz EQA

After launching the rather expensive EQC, Mercedes has now come up with a slightly more affordable EV that could be a game-changer for the brand. Called the EQA, it is essentially a GLA that comes with some cosmetic changes and of course, a heart transplant. Interestingly, Mercedes has used a different approach for this car. The EQA isnt a wild-looking electric vehicle with radical styling cues and neither is it a rocket off the line, which seems to be the... [read more]

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GMC Canyon - Driven

GMC Canyon has been around for quite some time now, and together with the Chevy Colorado, it is raking up respectable numbers for General Motors. The Canyon is positioned as a more premium and stylish version of the Colorado. Thanks to the growing competition, GMC has had to put its best foot forward to not let the newcomers like the Jeep Gladiator take a share of its pie. To make sure of this, GMC has rejigged the 2021 Canyons lineup... [read more]

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This Is, By Far, The Coolest Lamborghini Sian Video Ever Made

Lamborghini delivered the first Sian FKP 37 supercar to the United States in December 2020. We saw that almost live thanks to youtuber and car enthusiast TheStradman. Come January 2021 and another customer is taking delivery of his Sian, but this one is a bit more special. Sold through Lamborghini Miami, this two-tone Sian was given the Prestige Imports treatment by means of a full paint protection film coating and a quick service check up. While this is regular business... [read more]

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David Freiburger Discusses the True Definition of Pro Street

Ive finally embraced my midlife role as the curmudgeonly gearhead who complains about how the kids these days just dont get it. I started out as one of those kids, then was fortunate to live under the tutelage of the likes of Wally Parks, Gray Baskerville, Pat Ganahl, Jeff Smith, and beyond. Many of my mentors continue to school mesome even from the grave as their written word survives. Yet now its my time to perhaps ameliorate these whippersnappers. Recently... [read more]

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Surprise! Stellantis Retaining All Fiat Chrysler, PSA Group Brands, Plants, and Jobs

Dont expect French automaker Peugeot to return to the U.S . anytime soon. Now that PSA Group has merged with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to create Stellantis, adding another brand to the U.S. market has lost its urgency.At this stage, no final decision has been made, says PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares, who held his first press conference as Stellantis CEO today. But bringing back Peugeot, which left North America in 1991, is not a priority for Stellantis which will focus... [read more]

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2021 Ram 1500 TRX, Now With More Supercharger and More Hennessey Delivers 1,012 HP!

Were stoked to see that Hennesseycreator of various Goliath , VelociRaptor , Mammoth , and Maximus mega-powerful truck buildshas gotten around to fiddling with the Ram 1500 TRX. You see, MotorTrend's 2021 Truck of the Year is the hottest hot-rod off-road pickup truck to hit the market since the Ford F-150 Raptor hit the scene over a decade ago. Hennessey calls its TRX-based creation the Mammoth 1000, and you can probably guess what that number in the name is a... [read more]

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Europeans Get This Rad, Sporty Ford Ranger MS-RT

While it's related to our Ford Ranger mid-size pickup truck, the version Europeans get nevertheless is different. And to put a finer point on this fact comes the new Ford Ranger MS-RT, a sporty-looking version based on the Wildtrak trim. It's no Ranger Raptor the Wildtrak sits just below that bona fide sport truck in the Euro lineupbut the MS-RT brings some rally-inspired sportiness that gives this well-equipped pickup a bit of an attitude. The lower fascia receives sporty-looking inserts... [read more]

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The 2021 Nissan Armada Starts at Nearly $50,000

Despite its bold new look, the 2021 Nissan Armada isnt exactly all new . The big body-on-frame off-roader was recently given a deep refresh with a new face and big updates to the interior that bring it in lockstep with the Nissan Patrol, the Armadas more global sibling. And though the updates are sizable, they dont come with as steep a price hike as you might expect. --> The Armada S serves as the base trim for the 2021 model... [read more]

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Dont Call It a Remake! Why Top Gear America Stands on Its Own

MotorTrend is the number one automotive media destination in the world for a reason: We know what were doing. You already know that, though. Youve trusted us and other brands in the MotorTrend familysuch as HOT ROD , Four Wheeler , and Roadkill for more than 70 years. Youve also trusted Dax Shepard , Rob Corddry, and Jethro Bovingdon to thoroughly entertain you in some way for many years. Even during the horrible year that was 2020 (we shudder at... [read more]

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Dont Call It a Remake! Why Top Gear America Stands on Its Own

MotorTrend is the number one automotive media destination in the world for a reason: We know what were doing. You already know that, though. Youve trusted us and other brands in the MotorTrend familysuch as HOT ROD , Four Wheeler , and Roadkill for more than 70 years. Youve also trusted Dax Shepard , Rob Corddry, and Jethro Bovingdon to thoroughly entertain you in some way for many years. Even during the horrible year that was 2020 (we shudder at... [read more]

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2021 Grand National Roadster Show and Sacramento Autorama Cancelled!

Well, the car event season for 2020 was decimated by pandemic shut downs and most of us held onto the hope that 2021 would let us get back to normal and enjoy our cars. Well, 2021 is here and so far were off to a rough start. We just heard that two of our favorite shows, both based in CA, arent going to happen this year; the Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS) and the Sacramento Autorama. Heres their statement on... [read more]

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CES UX Tech: Screens, Displays, and Augmented Reality

CES 2021 is all virtual this year, and bone-crushingly dull to cover by contrast with the tantalizing (if foot-numbing) time weve had covering it live in previous years . Nevertheless weve trolled the Zoom rooms and parsed the squillion email product pitches to bring you the crme de la digital, virtual crme. Mercedes freshly minted EQ brand made big news with its wall-to-wall Hyperscreen, artificial intelligence and augmented reality were big trends, and we found a fun integrated mirror dashcam... [read more]

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Want the Midas Touch? Buy This Pair of Rare Gold Vintage Ferraris

Pining after a Resale Red Ferrari? Yikes, sounds like someone didnt get the memored Ferraris are out, friend. If you want to impress the masses and signify that you are more than just a hefty checkbook with legs and a garage, outfit your new Maranello Meteor with a coat of something a bit more unique. The same goes for the vintage stuff toodont settle for Rosso Corsa when RM Sothebys has a pair of 1970s Ferraris in a wonderful and... [read more]

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Porsche 911 (964) By Ares Design

The Porsche 911, in all of its generations, is a legendary machine. As some would say, it has mastered the art of having the engine in the wrong place. The classic 911 models in particular that are the most intriguing and often subject to modernization by tuning studios. The Italian coachbuilding company Ares Design has chosen to let its creativity loose upon the 964-generation 911 Turbo, resulting in one of the most epic recreations ever. Of course, there are other... [read more]

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