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Battle Scars, Melted Tires, and the 2019 Season Title: Formula Drift Irwindale Qualifying

Competitors return to the birthplace of U.S. drifting to duke it out one last time and clinch the 2019 series championship. The stage is set, and the band is ready to play the sweet sounds of melting rubber and redlined engines at Irwindale Speedway for the 2019 Formula Drift Title Fight. Here, the final round of competition will determine the winner of the 2019 season. Cars arrived battle-worn and scarred from an entire seasons worth of racing, pulling up to... [read more]

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Even Wonder What Happens When You Crash a Lego Bugatti and Porsche 911?

What happens when a Porsche 911 crashes into the side of a Bugatti Chiron? Its a question that nobody wants an answer to because of all the heartache that will ensure. Fortunately, Germanys ADAC, the largest automobile club in Europe, found a way to see the aftermath of a 911-on-Chiron crime without having to actually use real-life versions of the Porsche 911 and, gulp, Bugatti Chiron. Instead of using the actual cars, ADAC opted to perform its experiment of sorts... [read more]

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Ford Mustang R-Spec

There are plenty of awesome Ford Mustangs out there. Think about the Shelby GT350 or the GT500, and lets not forget about Mustang RTR. These are all Mustangs that were allowed to have here in the U.S. provided we have enough money and a wife thats understanding enough to let us spend a sizeable chunk of money on, and I quote another damn car. But, theres a recent Mustang that was developed specifically for the Australian market, and we just... [read more]

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If This Hint Is Real, The Dodge Charger and Challenger Will Live to Be 15 Years Old

Lets not hide from the fact that both the outgoing Dodge Challenger and the Charger are old-boned cars by now. Sure, theyve managed to carve a path of their own, and lets also remember that the Charger is the best selling full-size sedan in the States, while the Challenger just snatched the sales crown from the Mustang and the Camaro. However, a possible Easter egg might suggest that they might be getting a new generation in 2023.

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Saleen GT4 Race Car Debuts With 450 HP and a $225K Price Tag

Saleen is no stranger to GT racing, and its latest offering aims to bring the competition experience to drivers of varying skill levels. The company on Thursday in Las Vegas revealed its GT4 concept race car, based on the Saleen 1 (a.k.a. the Saleen S1) and intended to compete in SRO Motorsport Groups GT4 series. Saleen plans to build the cars in Corona, California, beginning in November, and will open them to customer orders once SRO homologates the model for... [read more]

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Refreshing or Revolting: BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe vs. Mercedes-Benz CLA

The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe answers a question no one asked: What would a BMW competitor to the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class look like? Slotting below the 4 Series Gran Coupe, the 2020 2 Series Gran Coupe rides on a front-drive-based platform shared with the X1 and X2. For the U.S., the 2 Series Gran Coupe will only come with all-wheel drive. Upon first glance, the 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe borrows its front end design from the X2... [read more]

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Plan Early and Buy These Lego Cars for Christmas

Its that time of the year again. No, not quite Christmas, but that time when adults need to start figuring out their Christmas shopping lists. So, if you happen to have a gearhead or two in the family, know that weve come up, as always, with the best Lego car sets you can buy right now. Theyre suited to almost all ages and who knows, you might end up getting a cool Lego car for yourself. Lets check them out.

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Nearly 150 Collector Cars Seized in an FBI Raid Head to Auction

In December 2018, federal agents from the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service raided the offices of DC Solar and the home of company founders Paulette and Jeff Carpoff, exposing the supposed maker of solar-powered generators and light towers for an $800-million-plus Ponzi scheme. Started in 2008, DC Solar attracted investments from Warren Buffetts Berkshire Hathaway and Progressive insurance. The company brought in $810 million in total, $340 million of which came from Berkshire Hathaway. Now, almost a year after the... [read more]

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Screw You Jeep, The Ford Bronco Will Have a Removable Roll Cage

Dont lie; you expect the new 2020 Ford Bronco to have a removable roof. The Jeep Wrangler has one, and so did the old-school classic Bronco. With that in mind, its damn near a necessity that the new Bronco features a removable roof and the rumor mill seems to agree that it will happen. However, Ford may be taking things one step further, and has patented a design for a removable roll cage something that would give the new Bronco... [read more]

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Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Test Drive Video: The Biggest and Baddest

--> The Dodge Challenger doesnt compete with the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang . The pony car proletariat may protest, but hear me out. As the Camaro gets lighter and sharper with track-focused 1LE versions and Ford develops high-revving flat-plane V-8s and carbon-fiberwheeled GT500s, those cars are chasing a different audience than a car like the Challenger. Dodge s take on the modern muscle car is bigger, heavier, more comfortable, and more audacious than those carsthe Challenger is its own... [read more]

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Ram 1500 Classic Mohave Sand Package

Ram sure knows how to keep its product portfolio active. Lately, a lot of our attention has been on the 2020 Ram 1500, which comes with the third-gen EcoDiesel engine and also created a record of sorts by claiming the Top Safety Pick+ award. Logically, this would mean a drop in the sales for the 2019 model. However, Ram is keeping the 2019 1500 active by launching new packages and special editions of the truck. This time, we get the... [read more]

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Hyundai iMax N Drift Bus Makes Van Life More Exciting

Vans are awesomethey haul stuff and take you on epic adventures along with seven other people (you like). But what if said van also gives you thrills? Thats exactly what Hyundai Australia added to a humble iMax (also known as Starex in other global markets) passenger van. However, it didnt just give it a couple go fast bits and pieces, this iMax got the full N treatment. Say hello to the Hyundai iMax N Drift Bus, the eight-passenger, rear-drive machine... [read more]

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8-Second Work Truck Sports Turbocharged, E85-Burning 6.0L LS Engine

Drag Week at NHRA: Jeff Oppenheim Lives a Dream at the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals Last weekend, eight of the quickest cars from HOT ROD Drag Weeks Street Race Small-Block Power Adder class were invited to put on an exhibition at ZMAX Dragway in Charlottle, North Carolina, during the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals. Seven-time Drag Weeker and Spirit of Drag Week award winner Jeff Oppenheim brought out his 1986 El Camino to live out a longtime dream. Truthfully, it was... [read more]

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Aston Martin DBX Lifestyle Accessories

The Aston Martin DBX doesnt come out until December, but this early, Aston Martin is already curating the image of its new crossover as a lifestyle-oriented SUV that also happens to have a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that produces 542 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The British automaker is doubling down on that plan with the release of a full range of lifestyle accessories, each of which is based on specific lifestyle needs. All told, Aston Martin created 11... [read more]

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Mazdas EV Will Be a Crossover Coupe.Yay

Mazda has dropped a new teaser for its new EV thats set to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show next week and, surprise surprise; its a coupe crossover. This can easily be deciphered from the sloping roofline shown off during part of the teaser video is a dead giveaway thats backed up by Mazdas description of a coupe-like cabin that accompanied the last teaser that showed off said cabin.

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Top 10 Fastest-Accelerating Electric Cars 0-60 MPH Tested by MotorTrend

Electric cars are just starting to take hold in the auto market. No longer relegated to the luxury segment, EVs now run the gamut from small to large and expensive to mainstream. And as youll see on this list, some are quite quick. Keep reading to find out the top 10 fastest-accelerating electric cars from 0 to 60 mph ever tested by MotorTrend . To avoid repetition, were listing each model only once in the highest-performing variant weve tested. Hyundai... [read more]

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2018 BMW X3 M40i: The Difference Upgraded Wheels and Tires Have at the Track

So far, Ive been quite smitten with our 2018 BMW X3 M40i. Its a practical SUV yet it drives more like a car and matches the figure-eight time of a 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF. Its easy to forget its 5.5 feet tall and has 8.0 inches of ground clearance. Safe to say our X3 hauls, in more ways than one. I was satisfied, to say the least, to have one for a year. That is, until BMW announced the first... [read more]

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Why Actor Gabrielle Dennis Picked a Range Rover Sport Over a Corvette and Tesla

Quick Stats: Gabrielle Dennis, actor, CBS S.W.A.T and HBOs A Black Lady Sketch Show Daily Driver: 2014 Range Rover Sport Autobiography (Gabrielles rating: 9 on a scale of 1 to 10) Favorite road trip: Ohio to Atlanta Car she learned to drive in : Volvo 840 turbo First car bought: 1990s Mitsubishi Galant When Gabrielle Dennis got cast on Rosewood , she took it as an opportunity to buy her first SUVa used 2014 Range Rover Sport Autobiography she could... [read more]

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The 2020 Corvette C8 Beats These 10 Amazing Cars in our Figure-Eight Test

We had a good feeling the 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvettes move to a mid-engine layout would improve performance, but somehow we didnt think the results would be so dramatic . Our 3LT trim tester equipped with the Z51 package lapped our figure eight course in 23.3 seconds at 0.90 g, placing it in lofty company. How lofty? To give you an idea, here are just 10 of the heavy-hitting performance cars the C8 Corvette beat around the figure-eight course, a... [read more]

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2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport Manual First Test: Unhappy Marriage

Does Jeep deserve extra credit for offering a manual transmission or demerits for offering a crappy one? That was a philosophical question we recently found ourselves asking. On the pro side, choice is good, and for the past several years inveterate stick-rowers who wanted a midsize truck had to make do with the antediluvian Nissan Frontier (a quaint five -speed) or the merely ancient Toyota Tacoma (which at least gets a six-speed). Chevy s lovely (multiple- TOTY winning ) Colorado... [read more]

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Maybe a BMW M8 Touring Isnt a Bad Idea After All

Back in the 1980s, BMW put together a one-off M8 based on the original 8 Series, and, ever since then, fanboys have been itching for another one. Well, we finally saw the BMW 8 Series flagship reintroduced to the market, and it didnt take long for BMW to introduce the M8 in both coupe and Gran Coupe form. Prayers have been answered, velvet robes have parted, and the universe is finally at peace. But, what if BMW went all in... [read more]

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Fords SEMA-Bound SUV Lineup will Feature Portable Fridges, Camping Tents, and Video Cameras

The 2019 Ford Escape, 2019 Ford Explorer, and 2019 Ford Expedition are all fresh in the eyes of many, making them ideal candidates to get showcased at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show. In keeping with form, thats exactly what Ford is doing. The Blue Oval is bringing eight custom SUVs to SEMA, including three Escapes, three Explorers, and a pair of Expeditions. Each of these SUVs come with different flavors of personalization that showcases the variety of ways current and... [read more]

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Aston Martin DBX Undisguised: Details Revealed in New Photos

Ignore the dogs. Weve already seen photos of the upcoming Aston Martin DBX wearing trippy camouflage and bright red lipstick , but a new batch of undisguised detail shots provide fresh clues about the super-SUV. Bundled with a news blast covering accessories that can be optioned on the high-performance high-rider, the photos hint at its capabilities, as well as similarities and differences between other Aston Martins. Take a moment to stretch before proceeding, because were about to reach. The crew... [read more]

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Record Breaking! LT-Powered, 6-Speed, 4th-Gen Camaro

Its not often that one car, in one pass, breaks and sets new records for automotive performance. Yet, that is exactly what Jonathan Atkinsmanual-transmission extraordinaire and owner of Tick Performance in Mt Airy, North Carolinadid behind the wheel of his 1997 Chevy Camaro affectionately named Grubb Worm. At the FL2K event last weekend, three records now belong to this gear-rowing guru. The quarter-mile record run of 7.546 seconds at 19 0mph was more than good enough for the car to... [read more]

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2019 Safest Small Pickup Trucks

A lot of stress is being given to safety features in vehicles today. Although cars and SUVs use this as a selling point, trucks never really came loaded with a lot of safety tech. However, things are changing now for good, and automakers have upped their game. The 2020 Ram 1500 bagged the Top Safety Pick + award, something unheard of in the truck segment. Theres no doubt that the larger trucks are a lot more equipped than the compact... [read more]

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The Canoo Electric Car: 6 Thoughts After Visiting the EV Startup

We first reported on the intriguing Canoo electric-car startup last month what follows are six thoughts from Kim Reynolds, one of the most knowledgeable EV experts in automotive journalism today. That misspelled name So, could you tell me about the name, Canoo? Three weeks ago, I typed the address of a new EV startup called Canoo into Google Maps. Canoo? That strange name was the first thing I was going to ask about when I got there. Pulling up to... [read more]

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SEMA Sues DOT for Failure to Implement Replica Car Law

The year was 2015 and it was surprisingly good news the seemingly car-unfriendly Obama Administration with Barack Obamas signature on it passed the FAST Act allowing replica car manufacturers to sell turn-key replica and continuation cars to the American public. A great example of the type of cars we are talking about is the Superformance Corvette Grand Sport a GM-licensed replica. Then contrary to great expectations from the new administration NHTSA continued to stall for several years prompting SEMA on... [read more]

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The Top Muscle Cars of the 60s and 70s

The early 60s all the way up to the 70s was a golden age for the American automotive industry if only for the simple fact that muscle cars were growing not just in number, but in overall stature. The muscle car arms race of the that time yielded plenty of options for customers looking for more power and metal-twisting torque from these vehicles. And the models only grew in popularity as more and more people began clamoring for the biggest... [read more]

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The Slick Slantback

I cant say I remember exactly who I got the pictures below from, let alone when I got them, so apologies if they've been shared before Ive always... continue reading

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2020 C10 Nationals Update: Make Plans Now!

The C10 Nationals event is proud to announce Classic Parts of America as the new title sponsor starting in 2020. The ClassicParts.com C10 Nationals is the worlds largest 1947+ Chevrolet/GMC Truck & SUV event. This premier truck event takes place at the Texas Motor Speedway on May 2930, 2020 and features activities like autocross, chassis dyno testing, drag racing, a burnout contest, vendor midway, swap meet, NASCAR rides, track cruise, trophies, giveaways, and much more. Truck pre-registration is $55, while... [read more]

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Mercedes Says Screw Displacement: Were Putting a Hybridized M139 Four-Cylinder in the 2022 AMG C63

The new M139 four-cylinder turbocharged engine that powers the new Mercedes-AMG A45 is a prime candidate to replace the 4.0-liter bi-turbo V-8 powerhouse found under the hood of the Mercedes-AMG C63 super-sedan, with a little help from the wonder of electricity. As a result, the next-generation 2022 C63 will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbo engine boosted by a 48-volt electric system - and before you start frowning, get this: the new powertrain will be just as potent as the... [read more]

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Ford Explorer, Escape Custom SUVs for SEMA Range From Mild to Wild

This time of year, the days may be getting shorter, but we can already feel the SEMA lines getting longer. The well-established custom-car, accessories, and tuner show in Las Vegas, Nevada, is just around the corner, and while weve already seen what Ford has in store for some Ranger and F-150 pickups at its booth , now we get to learn about its plans for the 2020 Escape , Explorer , and Expedition SUVs. Read on to learn about the... [read more]

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Hyundai Veloster Grappler Concept

Hyundai has presented an alternative look at the Veloster, one that puts an off-road spin to the otherwise plucky hatchback. The model, called the Veloster Grappler Concept, is sporty, rugged, and can go anywhere your heart desires. It will be presented at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show, but like most concepts that attend SEMA, theres no indication that the Veloster Grappler, or even a derivative of the concept, will end up in production. All the same, the Veloster Grappler Concept... [read more]

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The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is Faster-Accelerating Than These 10 Pricier Cars

MotorTrend has been performance testing cars for 70 years, and over that time weve recorded the 0-60 times of thousands of cars. We recently retested the first car to ever grace MotorTrends cover, a 1949 Kurtis Sport Car , which did 0-60 mph in an exceptional (the wrong kind of exceptional) 15.3 seconds. Today, some performance cars can even break the 3-second barrier. And now that we've tested the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 , we know that the sub-$100,000 mid-engine... [read more]

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2020 Hyundai Palisade vs. 2020 Kia Telluride: Korean Cousins Square Off

The Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade are built on the same platform. They have the same engine, with the same output, connected to the same transmission. They have the same number of seats, similar features and technology, as well as near-identical practicality. Therefore, cross-shopping the two proves youre a car enthusiast. Why? Because when vehicles are so similar on paper, youre forced to delve into subtleties and details to decide which is better. Look, if you just wanted a seven-seat... [read more]

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The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Arrives With Its Sights Set on the Mercedes CLA-Class and Audi A3

The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is now a real thing. Seen previously in numerous spy shots sporting enough camouflage to make the military envious, the 2020 2 Series Gran Coupe brings a premium element to the nameplate. Two versions of the 2 Series Gran Coupe the 228i xDrive and the M235i xDrive will be available in the U.S. market beginning next year.

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2019 Safest Large Pickup Trucks

Pickup trucks these are days are not only about their hauling and towing capacities; they are fast, they often come with a luxurious cabin, and are loaded to the gill with high-tech features. So, why should they lag behind in terms of safety? People use trucks today as their daily driver, and family haulers, and they are concerned about safety. Automakers have started offering safety features, but which one tops the list and which truck scrapes the bottom of the... [read more]

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2019 Safest Pickup Trucks

Pickup trucks these are days are not only about their hauling and towing capacities; they are fast, they often come with a luxurious cabin, and are loaded to the gill with high-tech features. So, why should they lag behind in terms of safety? People use trucks today as their daily driver, and family haulers, and they are concerned about safety. Automakers have started offering safety features, but which one tops the list and which truck scrapes the bottom of the... [read more]

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2020 Volvo XC40 Recharge First Look: The First of Many Volvo EVs to Come

Volvo isnt being shy about it: We need to change our ways to combat climate change issues the world faces today. Cars in particular including, by Volvos admission, its own are primary contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and resource depletion that pose a massive problem for society today. Rather than take a fatalistic approach and suggest that we end driving entirely, Volvo thinks theres a smarter, more holistic way. This new approach is better for the planet, but at the... [read more]

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Hyundai Veloster Grappler Concept Takes Quirky Hatchback Off-Roading

Hyundai is taking its asymmetrical Veloster hatchback off the beaten path with the Grappler Concept. Equipped with body cladding, a raised ride height and a different front bumper with improved approach and departure angles, the Veloster Grappler Concept looks ready for all kinds of dirt adventures. To add to its off-road performance theme, the Hyundai Veloster Grappler Concept gets oversized all-terrain tires, rally-themed Method Racing alloy wheels, and a Borla exhaust. Further adding to the cars rugged looks are a... [read more]

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BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe with M Performance Parts

The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M Performance Parts is a factory-customized version of the newly unveiled four-door sedan. Just like any BMW model available, the 2020 2 Series Gran Coupe can be customized with a series of design elements crafted by the M division. While most of these parts are supposed to enhance the car's looks inside and out, the package also includes some elements that improve performance. Let's find out more about that in the review below.

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BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe with M Performance Parts

The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M Performance Parts is a factory-customized version of the newly unveiled four-door sedan. Just like any BMW model available, the 2020 2 Series Gran Coupe can be customized with a series of design elements crafted by the M division. While most of these parts are supposed to enhance the car's looks inside and out, the package also includes some elements that improve performance. Let's find out more about that in the review below.

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Shannon Goes Road Racing

We get a call back from a listener who took our advice (just for entertainment by the way) and he calls us back. See what happens. Press "Play" below to listen to this episode

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BMW i3 - Driven

There arent too many models out there that can legitimately lay claim to being funkier than the Nissan Juke, but the BMW i3 is one of them. It was introduced in 2013 as BMWs first step into the electric market with a single purpose in mind to see if people would actually be interested in an electric BMW. Well, the i3 has served its purpose very well and actually received a lot of attention. Whether that attention was received because... [read more]

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Future 2020 Honda Fit Shows Its Profile in New Teaser

The next generation 2020 Honda Fit (Jazz in global markets) has been teased ahead of its official debut at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Show. One of the most noticeable features on the new car is its length; its nose appears to be longer than the current generation Fit giving it a more car-like profile. The current Fit has a shorter nose that makes it look a little more unusualeven minivan-like in some angles. Other than the longer nose, the new... [read more]

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What Do the Corvette Codes Z51, Z06, and ZR1 Mean?

Corvettes are fastthis much is clear. Whats less clear is why theyre so fast. Sure, a big V-8 engine in the front or middle is the obvious answer, but Chevrolet employs a structure of three-character codes to essentially designate Corvettes as fast, faster, and fastest. Thats the gist of the Z51, Z06, and ZR1 titles commonly associated with Corvettes. Lets break down what the Corvette codes mean and see how they affect performance. Corvette Z51 Where Stingray is the standard... [read more]

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Eight Supercars and Sports Cars Slower Than a 2020 Toyota Supra

It seems that Toyota s numbers for the new Supra are lets say, conservative. Toyota claims the Supras BMW -sourced force-fed inline-six makes 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque at the crank, but we took it to a dyno for more testing. It put down 332 hp and 387 lb-ft at the wheels , which, factoring in an approximate 15 percent drivetrain loss, suggests the engine is generating a lot more grunt than Toyota tells us. In terms of... [read more]

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How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Lamborghini?

Owning a supercar is the dream of many gearheads, but with anything coming out of Maranello or Sant'Agata Bolognese these days trading hands for well over $200,000, it's almost impossible for most people to actually boast that they have such a car in their garage. Even a basic Porsche 718 Cayman isn't cheap when compared to a standard Toyota Corolla or anything else that people buy in droves. That's why your best bet is to simply rent one of these... [read more]

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Life Support Renewed as Dodge Plans a Track-Focused, ACR-Badged Challenger

It first ruled the drag strip, and now it might be time to rule the race circuit. Or at least aim to...

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Headed To The Bayou

Now here's something I don't do very often I'm going to a car show. I actually had commitments with the kids this weekend and didn't think I... continue reading

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