Automobile News & Reviews
Back in the 1930s, the Aurora suburb of Seattle had an outdoor amusement park called Playland. By 1941, the owners decided to add a 1/4 mile dirt oval... continue reading
Every now and then, we come across highly exclusive vehicles with an interesting story behind them. This is exactly the case with this Maybach 57S Coupe. Maybach is a very old car brand, which was briefly revived by Mercedes, back in 2002. Two versions the 57 and 62 were produced, each with their respective derivatives. Although over 3,000 cars were built in total, there were no coupes. That is until German coachbuilder Xenatec stepped in and converted some of the... [read more]
The sixth-generation Nissan Altima has been on the market since 2018, and was generally received as more technologically advanced, better looking, and better equipped than the fifth-gen model. Three years in, however, and its easy to wonder if the Altima can still hold its own so close to its mid-cycle update. We spent a week with the Altima VC-T to see just how well it manages to navigate the cut-throat midsize sedan market.
Chevrolet ZRX - The Raptor and TRX-Rivalling Off-Road Performance Truck That Chevy Desperately Needs
GM has been quite active in the pickup truck space since the beginning. It has even bifurcated its trucks between two brands Chevrolet and GMC and combined, both of them rake up pretty good numbers. Chevy brings in more sales as opposed to GMC and has managed to keep up with Ford and Ram in terms of models and trim levels on each of them. It even announced an electric Silverado that could arrive in a couple of years. However... [read more]
The realm of custom builds as you may know, really has no bounds. If you thought youve seen it all then think again because when it comes to weird transformations, this Bentley pick-up certainly defies the odds. Yes, you heard that right, a beautiful Continental Flying Spur has been transformed into one of the strangest vehicles on the planet. Dubbed, the Decadence, this Bentley Truck is the result of 18 grueling months of hard work.
Every Hawaiian island has secret spots that locals keep to themselves in an effort to gain refuge from tourists. Most of the time, it's a small beach with... continue reading
The Tesla Model S Plaid is the talk of the town these days and it needs no introduction. It is the fastest production car and has been dominating drag strips all around the globe. From spanking the Nissan GT-Rs ass to obliterating a Porsche Taycan Turbo S, the only real competition it has faced so far was from a remote control car! To further cement its legacy as the quarter-mile king, the Model S Plaid has beaten its own record... [read more]
The 2022 Audi RS3 sets a new record at the Nordschleife. The new best time for a lap around the famed 12.9-mile German circuit, in the compact car class now stands at 7:40.748 minutes. It beat the previous record-holder, the Renault Megane RS Trophy-R by more than 4.5 seconds.
Electrification might be doing a lot for modern cars, but its also breathing new life into older cars. Case in point: this 1971 Citroen DS. Tuning firm Electrogenic has removed the old 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and replaced it with an all-electric powertrain and battery pack. The new powertrain delivers 120 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque. The juice comes from a 48.6 kWh battery that delivers a range of around 140 miles but Electrogenic does offer a range extender that... [read more]
Bentley, as you know, stands for fastidious quality, exclusivity, and exquisite craftsmanship. If you adore the brand and are in the position to afford a Bentley, then there's great news for you. You will now be able to acquire not one but five custom-made Mulsanne Grand Limousines by Mulliner. Although these cars were indeed passed over to a customer based in the UAE nearly six years ago, they have never been driven or even registered.
The 2022 Nissan Leaf has launched with better standard equipment and a cheaper starting price. The Leaf S, for example, starts out at $27,400 - $4,270 cheaper than last years entry price of $31,670. The Leaf SV is now priced at $28,800 while the S Plus commands $32,400, making it $5,870 cheaper than last year and almost as cheap as the entry level 2021 model. The SV Plus starts at $35,500, down from $40,520 while the SL Plus comes in... [read more]
The automotive industry has seen many collaborations between carmakers, especially in recent years, when cost-cutting seems to be the name of the game. However, some collaborations you just wouldnt expect. When to Mercedes, it was Porsche who helped shove a V-8 into the W124, creating the 500E, but this time, it was Mercedes who helped another car company. That car company was Honda, who at the time was looking to establish a foothold in South Africa and, apparently, it was... [read more]
Its painfully obvious that Toyota isnt interested in developing any high-performance vehicles, at least not by itself. This explains the more recent collaborations that spawned the GR Supra and 86 models. The latter, in particular, has been on the radar of tuning specialists since the beginning, as its playful chassis and less-than-sufficient power output (for some) are a good starting point for some epic builds. This time, however, Toyota isnt about to let the tuners steal its lunch money and... [read more]
I found a video on a Traditional Hot Rod' FB feed, and from what I gathered in the comments, this sweet '27 T was found somewhere in So... continue reading
After being on the market for half-a-decade, Acura has decided to pull the plug on the NSX. However, the model will receive a last hoorah in the form of a Type S model. Acura announced that the NSX Type S will be unveiled at the Monterey Car Week in the coming week. It will be limited to 350 examples, 300 of which will be available for the U.S. This will be the first time an NSX Type S is being... [read more]
A while back Ferrari promised it would be more unpredictable in the future. Indeed, most of us were quite surprised when we learned that the next mid-engine Ferrari the 296 GTB - would be a V-6 plug-in hybrid. We were even more surprised (or less so) that Ferrari is also working on an SUV. Some things, however, never change, as Ferraris mid-engine models have almost always been offered as a Berlinetta (coupe) and a Spider. Now, the Ferrari GTBs open-top... [read more]
The Porsche Taycan Turbo S is the most powerful Taycan you can buy today. The car is even more powerful than the Taycan model that currently holds the record for being the fastest four-door EV on the Nurburgring. But, after enjoying dominance for some time, the Taycan Turbo S is finally down and under, courtesy of the Tesla Model S Plaid. The Plaid comes with unbelievable specs and it was only a matter of time before it faced the Taycan... [read more]
The Chevrolet COPO Camaro returns to the track in 2022 with a new 572-cubic-inch, 9.4-liter engine. The Big Block V-8 is inspired by the original 1969 COPO Camaro, a drag racer designed exclusively for dealers who used the Central Office Production Order or COPO, to outfit cars with the most attainable power from the engine.
Throughout the years, there have been many design features associated with a certain time period. Cars from the 1950s often featured tons of chrome, fins, and sometimes exhaust tips integrated into the rear bumper. The 1980s saw the use of flared fenders, especially by tuning companies like Gemballa, Koenig, Strosek, and others. Pop-up headlights were also quite popular, but one car took things even further. The Mako Shark II (XP-830), also known as the Corvette Manta-Ray, was a concept that... [read more]
Most would probably agree that a drag race is a good way to determine which one of two (or more) cars has superior performance. Sam CarLegion a YouTube channel that drag races (mostly) new vehicles has given us a proper quarter-mile brawl between two of the hottest hot hatchbacks currently on sale. Its the Hyundai Veloster N DCT versus the Honda Civic Type-R. Although a drag race only tells you so much about a cars overall performance, the two are... [read more]
Audi is arguably the most proactive company thats adopting electrification. The company has many all-electric vehicles in its portfolio already, and one of them is the RS e-Tron GT. The RS e-Tron GT is the most powerful Audi vehicle that you can buy today. The folks at Carwow pit this beast against a car that can be considered its fuel-powered alter-ego, the Audi R8. Do you think the Audi R8 can defeat the RS e-Tron GT in a series of... [read more]
A 1972 Audi 100 Coup S/GT, rebuilt by Niklas Frisk from Sweden, has now been restored to its former glory as a sporty vehicle for everyone to appreciate. He meticulously recreated the Audi Coup that we see here, making a few subtle changes that have dramatically altered the looks of the car. For instance, several metal body pieces are from Volkswagen, with some parts also sourced from a motorcycle. It took 5,000 hours of relentless effort to painstakingly recreate this... [read more]
As far as SUVs go, the Land Rover Defender has been the talk of talks in recent times. That is a big achievement, given the variety of SUVs. Not to mention the crazy demand. We already know that, for 2022, the Defender will get a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with 525 horsepower (391 kilowatts) and 461 pound-feet (625 Nm). We expect this to be the familiar from Jaguar 5.0-liter supercharged V-8. However, this will not be the top version for long... [read more]
This Pristine 1994 Jaguar XJ220 With 1800 Miles On The Clock Could Fetch Close To Half-a-Million Dollars At An Auction!
A Jaguar XJ220 with only 1800 miles on the clock has come up for sale on Bring-A-Trailer. The XJ220 briefly held the title for the fastest car in the world in the early 90s until it was excised by the Mclaren F1.
The folks at Carwow uploaded yet another drag racing video, but this time threw an unusual contender in the mix against two supercars. The Lamborghini Huracan and the Nissan GT-R are pit against a Formula 1 car on the drag strip! To make sure things arent lopsided, the Huracan and the GT-R are tuned to make 1,200- and 1,300 horses combined! Do they stand a chance against the F1 car?
Mark left a voicemail last night We lost Doc. I don't know how widely known this was, but Doc had been fighting cancer for over a year. And... continue reading
ATS RR Turbo Carbon Series is an even more extreme variant from ATS, the Italian manufacturer best known for its RR Turbo Club Sport track car and GT road sports car.
Land Rover set out to tell a story with its latest special edition The Defender Trophy Edition. Its designed specifically to pay tribute to the Defenders long-standing expedition legacy. Its inspired by the Land Rover Classic Defender Works V8 Trophy and is based on the 2022 Defender 110 P400 X-Dynamic SE (boy thats a mouthful.) Production will be capped at 220 units, some of which will undoubtedly be equipped with the Extended Black Exterior Pack that you see on the... [read more]
Audi showed up to the Shanghai Auto Show with the A6 E-Tron Concept, a car that seemed more like a futuristic A8 than an A6, and one that had production written all over it. It could also become the brands first electric wagon, but well leave that discussion for another time. Until now, weve heard nothing about when wed see a production version, but a new report says that A6 E-Tron is slated for production very soon.
Its clear that EVs are already a big part of modern-day motoring. It seems another endeavor is to make personal transportation more accessible for younger people. One of these cars, in particular, can be driven by 14-year-olds, which is a bit worrying. Our colleagues from What Car present the four contenders. These are Citroen AMI, Renault Twizy, Micro Electric, and Reva G-Wiz. The actual race starts at 4:00, in case you want to skip straight to it.
Following Audis last teaser for the Grand Sphere concept a flagship sedan with RS6-like proportions and potentially a hint at the next-gen A8, Audi has shown off another teaser. This time, were looking at the Sky Sphere which is, appropriately, a roofless car that also features sporty proportions. However, theres something about this specific concept that doesnt make a lot of sense.
A few months ago, Lamborghini made it very clear that it will not give up on the V-12 engine. In fact, not one but two Lamborghini V-12 models are set to debut in the near future, one of which was the Ultimae. We also know what the other one is going to be. The Lamborghini Aventador is officially a decade old and a successor is due. As we mentioned a while back, the Aventador successor will feature a V-12 hybrid... [read more]
Tuning cars has gotten a lot harder since EVs have hit the market, and theres usually no real need for more power, so what are you to do? Well, Senner Tuning set out to squeeze even more range out of the Tesla Model 3 performance. It actually managed to do so, squeezing out an extra 60 km of range or around 37.28 miles. Whats even more impressive is that it happened without altering the better or playing with Teslas software... [read more]
It seems BMW has decided to distinguish the M versions from their regular counterparts even more. We already saw it on the BMW 3 and 4 Series, and their respective M versions. Now, we see it on its smallest sibling the M2. Although the car is still heavily camouflaged, the kidneys are perfectly visible. Perhaps BMW did that in order to put to rest potential worries that, like the M3 and M4, the M2 will have the much-debated long kidney... [read more]
Bentley is launching a new variant of the Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid. before it ever hits the market. The Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean is a vehicle that exemplifies eco-friendly luxury.
McLaren has followed up on the 765LT by introducing a drop-top version called the 765LT Spider. The 765LT came out as the range-topping model in the companys Super Series family. It shared its DNA with the 720S, but made more power, came with an aero-focused body, and featured a lot of carbon fiber components. The 765LT Spider is a convertible version of this beast and is limited to 765 examples, just like the standard coupe. It will start at a... [read more]
A little while back, I got a message from Dale Seaholm inviting me to a car show up in Oregon. As many of you may know, Dale is... continue reading
Theres hardly been a more consistent sports car over the years than the Porsche 911. The 964-generation, in particular, made between 1989 and 1993 is one of the most sought-after generations, especially in its ClubSport RS and Turbo variants. However, there was a peculiar situation in 1993. The last 93 examples of the Porsche 964 had remained in inventory and the Porsche 993 was due. The only option was to make them more outlandish-looking, faster, and exclusive. Enter the 1994... [read more]
Volkswagen has launched a new coupe SUV the companys very first for the European market, jumping on the wagon started by the BMW X6 way back in 2008. This is the new TAIGO, but if it looks familiar, its because its not actually new its also known as the Nivus in Brazil. The TAIGO will be built in Spain and will slot between the T-Roc and T-Cross, but its really little more than a T-Cross with a less headroom. Higher... [read more]
The Ford Bronco has been at the Wranglers throat ever since it was conceptualized. Targeted to take it on from all the sides, the Bronco came out all guns blazing. However, Jeep has made some smart and methodical strikes to some of Broncos most vulnerable areas that have skewed the results back in balance. For starters, there was the announcement of the V-8 Wrangler hours before the Broncos much-anticipated debut. Then there was the adoption of electrification in the form... [read more]
Nostradamus had predicted that the world would come to an end in 2012. Hollywood even gave us a blockbuster 2012 and everything, and here you are, reading this. Regardless, say an Apocalypse does come, would your Defenders, Wranglers, and G Wagons cut the mustard?
Sometimes you see something on the internet and think why dont they make it in real life? This is exactly the case, at least to us, for this Porsche Taycan RWB rendering, which looks like it belongs in the latest Need for Speed game. The project is actually done by a digital designer that goes by the name Shashank Das. In fact, not long ago, we featured another creation of his an orange widebody Mazda RX-7, quite similar to what... [read more]
Retro has definitely made a comeback, as we see an ever-increasing number of retro-futuristic vehicles. The Chevrolet Camaro, Alpine A110, and Mercedes SLS AMG are only some of the great examples out there. This makes us wonder, which iconic car will be next to get its own modern-day successor? It seems Lamborghini is currently busy making performance SUVs and transitioning to electric drivetrains, instead of giving us retro-inspired models. However, an independent design studio by the name ARC Design has... [read more]
Mazda kind of threw us for a loop back in May of 2021. There was word that the next-gen Mazda 6 will ride on an AWD platform and feature a new, powerful straight-six engine. It wasnt long before Mazda confirmed that the Mazda 6 was officially being discontinued in the United States with no word about that mythical next-gen Mazda 6 in sight. Now, surprisingly enough, Mazda has filed a new trademark for an all-new stylized R logo that could... [read more]