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Almost a year ago, I got a call from two buddies of mine Brandon McCullough and Jason Smith. They had an idea for a car show and... continue reading
Following the world debut of the new 500 cabrio in March and new 500 hatchback in June, Italian automobile manufacturer, and subsidiary of FCA Italy S.p.A., Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unveils its third body style in rose gold. Dubbed the 500 3+1, this highly prestigious and stylishly compact mini car stands as a revamped version of the original model. Fiat Unveils The Prestigious and Stylishly Compact 500 3+1 in Rose Gold Revered for its iconic design, timeless aesthetic and advanced technology... [read more]
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Ford has entered the electric SUV realm with the Mustang Mach-E, a sporty hauler capable of up to 459 horsepower and up to 300 miles of range. But FoMoCo didn't stop here and also created a monstrous race-spec Mach-E. Fitted with no fewer than seven electric motors that deliver a combined 1,400 horsepower, the Mustang Mach-E 1400 is downright spectacular when it comes to performance, but it also looks cool in its race-inspired suit. The SUV was recently showcased at... [read more]
Post the big debut, the Ford Bronco and its urban-alter ego are busy with various other activities. The Bronco Sport recently won the 2020 Rebelle Rally in its category in stock condition, and now Ford has announced the Bronco will don the emergency vehicle outfit to support the National Forest Foundation. Ford has teamed up with Filson, an outdoor outfitter, to develop the Bronco Wildland Fire Rig Concept. It is customized with firefighting equipment and Ford will donate two examples... [read more]
The Hyundai Veloster N is one of the most capable hot hatchbacks on the market, and its about to be even more capable. The 2021 Veloster N features a higher output, a new dual-clutch transmission, and a plethora of new standard equipment - a lot of which were classified as options in earlier models. Does this shift in standard equipment and improved output justify a significantly higher price tag, though?
Acura has introduced the PMC Edition of its best-selling SUV, the RDX. The RDX was introduced back in 2006 as a spiritual successor to the MDX, which went to take bigger roles in the portfolio, quite literally. The RDX debuted as a premium entry-level crossover and is an important product for Acura. Initially, it was built on the same platform that underpinned the Honda Civic and the CR-V, but the third-generation introduced in 2018 as a 2019 model year SUV... [read more]
McLarens never-ending quest to outdo itself with all these new hybrid supercars isnt showing any signs of slowing down. On the contrary, the British automaker is hard at work developing another high-performance hybrid. The Woking, England-based outfit isnt letting the cat out of the bag yet, only referring to the model as HPH, or High-Performance Hybrid. Recent renderings and spy photos have shed some light on the mystic Mac that looks interestingly like a redesigned 570S. All shall be revealed... [read more]
If you're a fan of the early days of Formula One racing and have around $2 million to spare, we have news for you: Vanwall is building six continuation cars of its championship-winning VW5. If you're not familiar with the name, Vanwall built and raced Formula One cars from 1954 to 1960, winning nine races and the world championship in 1958. Vanwall was run by Tony Vandervell and his team included famed engineers Colin Chapman and Frank Costin. Vanwall Group... [read more]
Chelsea Truck Company has returned with another Jeep Wrangler rendition called the Protest Edition. Although the name could be considered slightly controversial, the changes made to the SUV are pretty neat. Nothing under the hood has been changed and it is stock, which means all the changes are cosmetic only. This Wrangler is a right-hand-drive model and is brand-new, unlike some of the examples from Chelsea lately that have had previous owners.
We all know Nissan's Frontier pickup is poised for its first full redesign in 16 years. The current version of the mid-size truck underwent an unusual final-year upgrade, keeping its ancient body and interior but gaining an all-new engine the same engine, in fact, that will power the new 2021 Nissan Frontier when it arrives. But enough about that old rig. What about that new one? Well, after Nissan released a teaser of the '21 Frontier recently, someone spotted one... [read more]
The Bronco Nation dredged up some interesting info on Ford Bronco hardtop availabilityand if youre a reservation holder for a First Edition or Wildtrak model, youll want to pay careful attention. These models were promised with black-painted hardtops, but those have been delayed. For now, all Broncos will come with molded-in-color (MIC) hardtops in a carbonized grey coloressentially the usual color of unpainted, dark plastic exterior trim. The Shadow Black painted modular hardtop is still coming, but itll be delayed... [read more]
Back in September 2020, Genesis announced a facelift for the first-generation G70. We've seen photos and learned a bit about the updated technology, but engine options remained a mystery. Come October and the Korean brand finally unveiled some specs. Not surprisingly, the G70 carries over with the same gasoline and diesel engines. But are they more powerful than before?
Apple CarPlay integration came late to Porsche s vehicles relative to other brands, and it seems the American technology company and German sports car manufacturer are making up for the lost time. The latest tie-in between the two brands comes to the Porsche Taycan electric sedan , which now offers Apple Podcast integration, as well as the ability to display lyrics to Apple Musicsourced songs on its available passenger-side display screena boon for fans of in-car karaoke. The setup works... [read more]
Since arriving to our fleet six months ago, the 2020 BMW 228i Gran Coupe has been a faithful daily driver. From weekend food hunting to serving as my ride to (distanced) martial arts practice, the 228i has been up to the task. Recently, I did a 284-mile round trip to and from Thermal, California, to attend the BMW Performance Centers car control class. The drive gave me a sense of what the 228i is like on road tripsand if youre... [read more]
The car world is a vast place, which offers something for everyone. And since the car is one of the inventions that captivated mans imagination the most, almost everyone lusts after a nice set of wheels. Some people want the badge, as nothing speaks of success in the eyes of others like a luxury or exotic car parked in front of your house. Other, more sensible individuals, look for quality/price ratio. Another one is after the best bang for the... [read more]
If you think the 2022 GMC Hummer EV looks pretty wild as it is, know that the design could have been even more dramatic. General Motors took to social media this week to show off some early sketches that influenced the electric pickup truck s final design. View this post on Instagram How did we create the new GMC HUMMER EV? Check out some behind-the-scenes theme sketches that lead us to our design. Designers from our studios in Warren and... [read more]
The latest 992-generation Porsche 911 is in production since 2019, and it's already available in Carrera and Turbo trim, as well as coupe, cabriolet, and targa body styles. Porsche is also developing new GT3 and GT2 models, but it seems that the German firm may also introduce a high-riding model inspired by the rally-spec 911 SC Safari from the late 1970s. At least that's what these new spy shots suggest.
2019 was a big year for the Chevrolet Corvette. After almost 70 years on the market with a front-engined layout, the iconic nameplate became a mid-engined vehicle, just like Zora-Arkus Duntov wanted back in the 1960s. The C8-gen Corvette went into production for the 2020 model year, but the coronavirus pandemic forced Chevy to reduce factory output for a few months. Now, the Corvette C8 is available in the 2021 model year with small visual updates. You can now configure... [read more]
For 2021, Hyundai is giving Elantra buyers a more powerful alternative in the form of a new N Line trim. It has less competition than its Sport predecessor, too, now that the Honda Civic Si is on hiatus. Priced at a reasonable $25,095, the Elantra N Line just might be up to the task of winning over would-be Si buyers. The 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line is cheaper than the outgoing 2020 Civic Si sedan , which started at $26,155... [read more]
The Ferrari Monza SP1 is a rare breed, even for Ferraris standards. Its limited to just 500 units with the equally audacious Monza SP2, the Monza SP1 is a proper Ferrari speedster that carries 799 horsepower from its 6.5-liter V-12 engine. Its properly powerful as all speedsters should be, but there really is no such thing as too much power, is there? German tuning firm Novitec swears by that motto, and the Monza SP1 benefits from it. What kind of... [read more]
The Audi e-tron GT is all but ready to make its global debut, but the German company is still teasing us with a prototype. Audi's latest stunt shows the e-tron GT alongside a pack of race-spec R8 LMS models at the infamous Spa Francorchamps track. The gathering took place a couple of days before the 2020 24 Hours of Spa kicked off, so this is more than just a regular teaser. But what is Audi trying to say?
Not one to shy away from special editions, Mini is introducing another unique vehicle to its lineup. The 2021 Mini Cooper 1499 GT is a very limited-edition car with a black and gold exterior, a dressed-up interior, andsurprisinglya pretty decent price tag. The 1499 GT model pays homage to the Mini 1275 GT from 1969. While the original had a gold paint job and black side graphics, the 1499 GT reverses the color scheme. Its black paint job is complemented... [read more]
It was already dark by the time I had reached the south side of Portland, Oregon. I had spent the day on the road, driving north from San... continue reading
Automakers, in general, often make decisions that change the course of their respective histories. We dont often see these decisions in public, but every so often, concept cars play the role of avatars, giving us a peek at what couldve been had a specific automaker decided to greenlight some of these concepts. Theres a laundry list of concept cars that never made it to production and probably altered the history of some brands but were here to shine the spotlight... [read more]
If you get the feeling that major car makers have been collaborating with streetwear designers more than usual lately, youd be right. Virgil Abloh recently teamed up with Gordon Wagner, Mercedes-Benzs design honcho, to reimagine the classic G-Wagen . Now BMW has done something similar (albeit less drastic) with an icon of its own. Meet the 2021 BMW M4 Competition X Kith. Like Ablohs Off-White, Kith is a streetwear brand known mostly for its footwear and mens apparel. The man... [read more]
The G05-generation X5 and G06-gen X6 are the first of their kind to be offered in M Competition trim. The midsize SUVs joined nameplates like the X3, X4, 3 Series, and 4 Series in the summer of 2020, and BMW just added First Edition models to the lineup. Fitted with exclusive and extra features, these are limited to only 250 units each, making them the rarest X5 and X6 models from this ongoing generation.
The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series, the most extreme variant of the German sports car, might have set a new lap record on the Nurburgring Nordschleife. The benchmark is not yet official though, but just an estimate by youtuber Misha Charoudin. The man who "lives at the world-famous Nurburgring" spotted the AMG GT Black Series lapping the German track and claims, based on calculations which he explains in a video, that the coupe needed only 6:43 minutes to complete the Nordschleife... [read more]
You dont often see a 3,600-pound 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 participating in any kind of sanctioned race. Even rare is the sight of a Galaxie 500 destroying the competition in a sanctioned race at the 2020 Goodwood SpeedWeek. Driven by 2016 BTCC Championship runner-up Sam Tordoff, the mountain of a Ford tore through a field of classic race cars that included Lotus Cortinas and Mini Coopers as if those cars were battery-operated. It was an incredible display of nostalgic might... [read more]
Unless you live under a rock, youre well aware of the new record set by SSC Tuatara. It became the worlds fastest production car by averaging 316.11 mph over two runs. There are various questions by us enthusiasts regarding the drive, and the answers are slowly coming in. One of the biggest questions was around the wheels and tires. As it turns out, the supercar did the world record run on stock Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s tires!
GMC is making the bold claim that the upcoming Hummer EV will be the worlds first super truck. I hate to break it to them, but whenever the GMC Hummer EV hits the streets, itll be the second-ever super truck. Why? Because your favorite performance enhancing drug, Stellantis (ne FCA) has GMC beat with the lightning-quick, supercharged 2021 Ram 1500 TRX. I know youre dying to know, so lets not drag it out any further. The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX... [read more]
You can always count on a game like Forza Horizon 4 to keep all of us entertained as the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic. The game remains one of the most highly regarded open-world racing games in the market, and even if its been around for two years, developer Turn 10 Studios continues to find ways to make Forza Horizon 4 as fun and as entertaining as its always been. The new Series Update 28 arrives with... [read more]
One of the reasons Ive been so proud to work for HOT ROD is the legacy of accomplishments of the staffers who came before me. I recently wrote about how HOT ROD magazine was The Original Influencer for readers, but the mag has had incredible impact on the industry as well. Related: Stream the largest NASCAR Collection now on the MotorTrend App! Start your free trial to watch the best series, classic races, exciting documentaries and more. Itd be disingenuous... [read more]
Earlier this year, an all-new Fiat 500 debuted in Europe as an adorable, electric city car. Its the successor to the Fiat 500 the Italian brand once sold to us Yanks. Unfortunately, this new EV version wont be imported to the United States. And neither will the recently revealed 500 3+1, a new three-door version that features a small, rear-hinged door behind the conventional front passenger door. That makes it distinct from the other three-door hatchback were most familiar with... [read more]
Despite its high-end looks, the 2021 Hyundai Elantra starts at a reasonable $20,645a mere $350 more than the less attractive, old 2020 Elantra . What follows below is lineup pricing for the new Elantra and Elantra Hybrid , but those looking for a sportier Elantra experience should check out the turbocharged Elantra N Line , which takes over for last year's Elantra Sport. That sum nets buyers a base Elantra SE, which offers a good deal more kit than its... [read more]
Infotainment designers have a tough job these days. Drivers will no doubt compare the responsiveness, resolution, graphic design, and ease of use to their touchscreen pocket computerser, phones, and few automotive systems compare favorably to that high standard. Mazda takes at least one step to avoid such comparisons; unlike the touchscreen interfaces offered in every other compact sedan and compact hatch , the Mazda 3 s infotainment system is controlled primarily by a rotary dial and volume knob located between... [read more]
All-season tires are widely-regarded as the best all-round solution for all driving conditions. The general perception of all-season tires is that they have a mediocre performance, both in summer and winter driving conditions. For that reason, many still invest in dedicated sets of tires for the different periods of the year. However, with the advent of tire technology, you can now get an all-season tire which performs well, regardless of temperature or surface. That said, the tire market is almost... [read more]
Yesterday Tesla shattered market estimates for both their revenue and profits for Q3 2020. Despite the global pandemic dampening auto sales this year, it was the companys best quarter ever. While on the conference call after the financial results were released, CEO Elon Musk was asked to shed a little more light on what we can expect from the upcoming Cybertruck and a timeline on when it might finally enter production . --> This might not come as a surprise... [read more]
Kids are generally not fans of school, and Torsus just made it less likely that bad weather will keep them away from it. Meet the new Praetorian School Bus , the latest iteration of the brands four-wheel-drive bus that offers the off-road chops necessary to tackle just about any obstacle that crosses its path. No longer will snow, sleet, fallen trees, or most other natural disasters prevent children from getting to school (given this things slab sides, though, wed probably... [read more]
Since the automobile has become more mainstream, the car scene has witnessed many trends, some considered to be unnatural. Since the early 2000s, weve seen riced out, the rise of stance, and slammed cars, as well as other diversions from a cars factory settings. The Carolina squat is another car condition we can add to the list. The Carolina squat affects mostly trucks, and like the other alterations, mentioned above, it is intentionally done by the owner of the vehicle... [read more]
Despite excellent packaging and an impressive array of safety features, the Volvo XC40 is a little less fun to drive than its spunky appearance would suggest. Dropping in an electric powertrain fixes some of the problem by providing quick, effortless acceleration, as we noted in our first spin behind the wheel of the all-electric 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge . So, what will this sprightlier, gas-free XC40 cost you? The XC40 Recharge will start at $54,985 when it arrives in the... [read more]
GMC revealed the Hummer EV and let out a few details about the supertruck. In all honestly, it is quite impressive on paper, although it doesnt offer the same value proposition as, say, the upcoming Cybertruck. This is on paper comparison given that weve seen none of these trucks in flesh. GMC announced that the Hummer EV, in the top trim, will make 1,000 horses and 11,500 pound-feet of torque. The torque took a lot of people by shock because... [read more]
After an evening tweet on October 20 promising FSD beta rollout happening tonight, Tesla CEO Elon Musk appears to have followed through. The automaker's long-promised Full Self-Driving feature, which is allegedly a fully autonomous system, is entering beta testingapparently with a select group of real-world Tesla owners. FSD beta rollout happening tonight. Will be extremely slow & cautious, as it should. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 20, 2020 The testingarrangement is, to put it mildly, unusual. Other companies working on... [read more]
If theres anything we know about Kia, its that the automaker isnt afraid to crosshairs with its rivals as it did in this new commercial for the new K5 sedan. The K5 is Kias latest pride and joy; its a four-door premium sedan thats set to compete with some of the most entrenched models in its segment, including the BMW 3 Series. Yes, Kia is packaging the K5 as a competitor to the 3 Series, so much so that this... [read more]
Ford has taken the wraps off of its latest Bronco concept after briefly teasing the rig's arrival on social media. The Wildland Fire Rig follows in the tracks of other recent Bronco concepts such as the Overlanding , Outer Banks Fishing Guide, and Trail Rig . Built in conjunction with Filson, the Wildland Fire Rig imagines a modern-day Ford Bronco for the United States Forest Service. Based on a four-door Bronco Badlands with the off-road-oriented Sasquatch package, the Wildland Fire... [read more]
Apologies if this has been covered before, but after Ryan's post I kept wondering when flames began appearing on hot rods? For the life of me I cannot... continue reading
At a time when people are a lot more concerned about the environment, if you tell people you own a gas guzzler like a Hummer, they will stare at you utter disdain. But, GMC is here to change that image of the otherwise much-adored moniker. The company brought back the nameplate from the ashes and slapped it on an electric vehicle without harming its credibility of being big and bulky. The Hummer EV is a monster and is being marketed... [read more]
Too often car fans 'mourn' the day when a member of the richest 1% purchases an ultra-rare or ultra-expensive car with the thinking being that the car in question will never see the light of day again being tucked away in a garage where the temperature is strictly controlled. Such cars are meant to be driven, is the argument that's being made again and again, so here we have a story that's ought to bring a smile to the faces... [read more]
Bugatti is preparing to unveil a brand-new vehicle. The French company just posted a teaser photo on its social media accounts. The picture shows four red LED bars arranged like a flattened letter X and comes with the caption "What if...?" The mysterious teaser confirms previous rumors that Bugatti will reveal a new car in October 2020. But what is it?