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2006 Toyota Corrolla has sticking brakes. 1997 F250 Ford Towing Heavier Loads. A Lambo with a Failed Transmission. 1997 Nissan Truck Emission System. 2017 Subaru Forester Spark Plug Replacement. Using KSeal for Coolant Leaks Properly. 2004 Toyota Highlander Electrical Issues. 2009 Tahoe Folding Mirrors. Silverado Back Up Camera Screen Too Bright. 2008 Silverado 4x4 Problems. Press "Play" below to listen to this episode
One of the best things about running this joint is the emails I get. Sure, I get some pretty gnarly shit from time to time, but I also... continue reading
The Ferrari 812 Superfast, introduced in 2017 as a replacement for the F12berlinetta, is without doubt one of the sexiest grand tourers on the market today. And while most competitors pack turbocharged engines, Ferrari remained loyal to the mighty, naturally aspirated V-12. Some say that the 812 Superfast is the perfect modern grand tourer as far as links to iconic models like the 250 GTO go, but YouTube's Mr JWW seems to think that the Italian GT can be improved. How... [read more]
Acura, Honda's North American luxury brand that's been active in the world of sportscar racing and beyond for years, will continue being a part of the scenery in the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship's prototype class for years to come with the automaker formally announcing today that it will build a car to the new-for-2023 LMDh ruleset. The car, as ever a product of Honda Performance Development (HPD) will debut in 2023 and will likely face Porsche, Audi, and GM products... [read more]
Brabus builds are quite expensive at the onset, but theres no denying that theyre fun. This time around, the aftermarket company has laid its hands on the Mercedes-AMG A45 S. The Brabus build of this hatch is more than just a remap. The car comes with part upgrades under the hood, new wheels and tires, an upgraded suspension system, and a few changes inside the cabin.
Sian, the Lamborghini thats been named after the Bolognese-dialect word for lightning, is the carmakers first step towards electrification. Other than its intricate hybrid internals, the Sian is also a jolly joy to look at as highlighted by these pictures.
Making sure a cars paint and trim last for a long time without signs of wear and tear is no easy task. The prolonged exposure to the elements can make the paint look faded or damaged due to rocks and other debris you might encounter on the road. To prevent such instances, a good idea would be to use car polish. Not only will you show your ride some extra love, but you will preserve the paints sheen for much... [read more]
So far, BMW has been industriously churning out CS versions of the M2, M3, and M4. Which means a CS-badged BMW M5 was always on the cards. Well, what we all could suspect finally happened and the 2022 BMW M5 CS is here as the fastest and most powerful car ever built by BMW M.
Another two sedans bite the dust as the market-wide move to SUVs continues to cut down the remaining four-door holdouts. Add the Kia K900 and Cadenza to the list: Both are dead for 2021, as originally reported by Car and Driver . That said, the shift toward SUVs isn't new, and the K900 an S-Class-sized bargain luxury sedanwas already essentially a footnote in annual sales figures. The K900 had a steep hill to climb in a segment where brand prestige... [read more]
Better? Worse? Different? We're still forming our opinions of the refreshed 2022 Mini Hardtop , Mini Convertible , and battery-electric Mini Hardtop Cooper SE . But we're bullish on the updated interior and modest (or non-existent) price increases, and we think Mini buyers will be as well. First things first, there are no significant mechanical changes to the updated Mini. Powertrains and chassis calibrations carry over. We're pleased to report the manual transmission is alive and well in the Cooper... [read more]
August 2019. MotorTrend Car of the Year competition. Im behind the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG GT63S and senior features editor Jonny Lieberman is riding shotgun. As we evaluated the big AMG, I distinctly remember asking him, where would you ever use all 630 horsepower? His response was simply, everywhere. Clearly, he isnt the only person who thinks this, because BMW has now given the M5 largely the same amount of grunt. Meet the 2022 BMW M5 CS, now with 627... [read more]
Back in the early 1960s, Ferrari refused to sell a privateer one of its then-new 250 GTO models to take racing. So, the man and his team took a Ferrari 250 GT short-wheelbase (SWB) and attempted to upgrade it into competitiveness, mostly by messing with the aerodynamics with some help from Bizzarrini. The result? The so-called Breadvan, a 250 GT with its roofline extended into a sort of shooting brake, wagon-like profile. It wasn't exactly pretty, but the one-off racing... [read more]
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio comes close. The BMW X6 M does, too, but no other SUV drives as small as the Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe does. More than one of our editors who whipped the Cayenne Coupe on sinuous mountain roads listed this as one of its defining qualities. Features editor Christian Seabaugh echoed our group sentiment when he said, Every Porsche manages to drive similarly, from the 718 on up to the Cayenne Coupe, and its a remarkable... [read more]
GMC announced that itll sponsor an entry in the 2021 Extreme E global championship, an all-electric off-road rally, with Chip Ganassi Racing. The racer will wear bodywork that loosely resembles the 2023 GMC Hummer EV SUV , but the vehicle is actually a spec racer called the Spark Odyssey 21. Like many race series, Extreme E will use spec cars. These are bespoke units built by Spark and are provided to all teams. The teams, such as Chip Ganassi Racing... [read more]
Top Gear America is very nearly hereit starts streaming January 29 exclusively via the MotorTrend Appwhich means it's time to get extremely stoked. Its imminent debut also means the publicity machine has spooled up, with hosts Dax Shepard , Rob Corddry , and Jethro Bovingdon hitting talk shows, radio programs, podcasts, and other forms of media big and small, near and far, to talk everything TGA. Related: It's time to kick some asphalt! Buckle up and join us for the... [read more]
The second-generation Panamera is getting a well-deserved nip and tuck. Since Porsche isnt into the shallow facelift game, changes cover every facet of the Panamera spectrum, from more performance to crisper interiors and sleeker looks. Heres everything you need to know about the 2021 Panamera facelift.
Honda has a long and proud tradition of thoughtful little touches that are also a bit whimsical. Remember the cargo floor in the first-generation CR-V that turned into a picnic table? The HondaVac , long a staple of the companys Odyssey minivan , sucked up an unquantifiable number of spilled Cheerios and tracked-in mud during kid-schlepping duties, is just that sort of featureand it is no longer. The connection to a problem with the HondaVacs supplier, Shop-Vac Corporation, was first... [read more]
Chevy quite literally redefined what the Corvette name means when it unveiled the all-new, mid-engined C8 Corvette a model that was decades in the making. Finally bringing the mid-engine configuration to the Corvette was no easy undertaking, but in the end, the new Corvette looked like a supercar, performed like a high-end sportscar, and created quite a stir in the automotive community thanks to its attractive low price. It seems impossible that a car like the C8 Corvette could retail... [read more]
We dont know about you, but whenever the words bulletproof and car are joined together, our minds immediately flash nameplates such as the Range Rover, BMW X5, 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, you get the point. Heck, the business of adding ballistic protection to a given car is so lucrative that there are companies that manage to take the vehicle to the extreme think of Rezvani and their Wrangler-based Tank. On that note, we never thought Porsche would go this route... [read more]
By the early 1960s, radically customized street cars had reached their peak. There was only so many ways you chop, section and quad-headlamp a '51 Merc., and the... continue reading
Ive been waiting my whole career to write this story. See, I love station wagons, and the more powerful the better. Ive spent much of my career championing them as the perfect vehiclesome say too much, though I say not nearly enough. Such is my rep, a man from AMG told me he figures I was personally responsible for half of all E63 Wagon sales. (Its not a large number). I hit the wagon jackpot when I first worked for... [read more]
Owning a supercar is cool and all, but driving a really powerful sleeper can be just as satisfying if you're not into wild looks. Take this Mitsubishi Galant for instance. It looks like a really mundane four-door sedan from the early 1990s, but it's actually a full-blown supercar under the hood. With an output of around 800 horsepower, it can outgun any production sedan available right now. And their drivers won't even know what hit them.
The 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing is an upcoming, high-performance version of the company's compact four-door sedan. A successor to the ATS-V, discontinued in 2019, the 2022 CT4-V Blackwing will sit at the top of range, superseding the existing CT4-V. The 2022 CT4-V Blackwing will be unveiled alongside the CT5-V Blackwing on February 1, 2021. Unlike the midsize sedan, the 2022 CT4-V Blackwing won't feature a supercharged V-8. Instead, the high-performance compact will make use of a twin-turbo V-6 to tackle... [read more]
In 2020 Ferrari added a third grand tourer to its lineup, the Roma. Slotted below the V-12-powered 812 Superfast, the Roma features a 3.9-liter V-8, just like the Portofino, but unlike the latter, it's a coupe. Thanks to a new design language, the Roma is one of the prettiest modern Ferraris out there. But is it a performance grand tourer that you can live with on a daily basis? YouTube's Harry's Garage took one for a long spin to find... [read more]
From the December 2012 issue of Popular Hot Rodding magazine : Its called stealing a shot, a Hollywood term that means shooting commercial footage without a permit. Technically, anytime you whip out a camera in the L.A. Basin with the intent to publish the results (movie, print, interwebs, whatever) for personal gain, you need a permit. Related: Stream Top Gear America January 29! Sign up for a free trial to the MotorTrend App and start watching 8,000+ episodes of hit... [read more]
After carrying the Lotus brand for the past two decades , the Elise, Evora, and Exige sports cars are headed to the great curvy road in the sky after the 2021 model year. We can already hear the cries of sports car enthusiasts around the world, and, yes, let us all mourn the simultaneous triple-kill of some great driving cars. However, there is some good news on the horizon: An all-new Lotus sports car range is coming . The first... [read more]
Joy, then puzzlement: That was my reaction when Honda asked if Id like to drive a vehicle from their semi-secret museum in southern Californiaand then told me that museum piece was a 1997 Honda CR-V . Okay, I realize its been nearly 25 years (cripes, where does the time go?) since the Honda CR-V first hit these shores, and what a seminal game-changer it was. But a CR-V? In a museum? Does not compute, buzzes the 1970s-era computer that is... [read more]
2021 will be the last production year for three Lotus cars, as the carmaker will be axing the likes of Elise, Exige, and Evora. Fret not, though, Lotus is not going anywhere. In fact, these three new aging cars will be replaced by a new sports car developed on a modern platform.
Every premium carmaker that has a history and a present in racing likes to translate some of the motorsport knowledge it possesses into a road car. Mercedes-Benz and subsequently Mercedes-AMG have done just that with the GT. Everything about the GT has been designed and developed with performance in mind, from the base model to the blistering fast Black Series. Here's what you need to know about the AMG GT.
The modern wellness industry has spawned countless online influencers and personalities eager to hawk supposed cures and lifestyle tweaks to millions of fans. But even before the dawn of Instagram, kale smoothies, and chakra cleanses, it was still treacherous for any public figure to hitch their wagon to less-than-scientific methodologies. Case in point: Australian racing legend Peter Brock. For one of Australia's biggest names in racing, the decision to go full New Age in the late 1980s proved so costly... [read more]
Yikesanother AMG falls victim to the garish grips of the aftermarket. Look at those tacky wheels, Pep Boys' fender flares, and glued-on rear wingwhy couldnt the owner just leave this poor CLK drop-top alone? I mean --> Gotcha. As much as this may look like the work of some tuner shop, this red vert is just as it left the factory back in 2007. If youve never seen such a car (even on the mean streets of Malibu or Miami... [read more]
It's been a while since I've done a mail call and figured this morning's submission was perfect for such a thing. So, without further adieu, let's do this... continue reading
The Cadillac XT6 is a fairly new kid on the block. It is a full-fledged three-row SUV that comes with a smart exterior, a host of features inside the cabin, and two different engine options to choose from. For the 2021 model year, the company has introduced a new base trim with a four-cylinder engine option. The higher trims, however, come with the big V-6 that is neither fuel-efficient nor too powerful. Even on paper, it doesnt feel as accomplished... [read more]
Introduced in 1976 and produced continuously over eight generations as of 2021, the Volkswagen Golf GTI is arguably the world's most famous and popular hot hatchback. The Golf GTI is often regarded as the world's first hot hatch and the car that started it all, but it's no true. There are at least four companies that unleashed performance-oriented hatchbacks before Volkswagen and this article will set the record straight.
This isnt the first time weve compared these Detroit-born crosstown rivals (as a matter of fact, weve conducted exactly 32 Mustang versus Camaro comparisons ). And it wont be the last. The historical significance and fanaticism behind these two sports cars make it hard to talk about one without referencing the other. In their modern iterations, the Ford and Chevrolet are better matched than ever, but is one a smarter buy than the other? Keep reading to learn about the... [read more]
The Skoda Vision IN Concept is a big deal for the Czech automaker. Not only does it serve as the precursor to a production model thatll largely be offered in India and other international markets, but its also being prepared to challenge several established models in those markets, including the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. The Vision IN Concept is the first step to doing that, and for what its worth, the Czech automaker is making a good first impression... [read more]
The Beginning: 996.1 The Porsche 911 GT3 story starts with this car. Launched in 1999, it was essentially a parts bin speciala performance 911 cobbled together using bits and pieces from other models. The brakes were lifted from the 996-series Turbo, the wheels were a Porsche Exclusive option available across the 911 range, as was the biplane rear wing with its curlicue stanchions. Fixed back sports buckets replaced the standard front seats. The rear seats were removed to save weight... [read more]
After dropping the Mulsanne from its lineup, it's highly unlikely that Bentley is pondering to introduce a second SUV. In fact, why would it? The Bentayga is racking in big profit for Bentley and it will continue to do so for at least three or four years, as it was recently offered a mid-career revamp.
Lamborghini is one of the most renowned supercar manufactures in the world. Over the years, theyve developed a reputation for building some of the craziest supercars in the industry in terms of styling and driving dynamics. Nowadays, its like theyve become tamer, under Audis ownership. They still make great cars, but you dont need to have hair on your chest or a steel pair to drive them. The Lamborghini Diablo is the epitome of Lamborghinis crazy philosophy of infusing a... [read more]
When you say Porsche, you usually think about the 911 or supercars like the 959 and 918 Spyder. If you're a racing fan, track legends like the 917, 956, and 919 Hybrid come to mind. Needless to say, Porsche has developed tens of iconic cars since it introduced the 356 back in the late 1940s. But it also designed several prototypes that didn't make it on the assembly line, extremely rare race cars, and even a few weird vehicles, including... [read more]
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Way back in 2015, Congress passed the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act (LVMVMA). It required the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) to come up with guidelines to allow certain small vehicle manufacturers (those that sell less than 5,000 vehicles globally per year) a path toward producing turn-key replicas, instead of kit cars, in a limited number and with a variety of restrictions. And then nothing happened. Until now. The NHTSA has finally gotten its act together after prodding... [read more]
It's a classic tale, really. Man sees lottery giving away a Chevy Corvette and some cash. Man purchases scratch-off lottery ticket hoping to win said Chevy Corvette and some cash. Man wins the lotterybut the lottery can't source a Corvette for the winner, and now lawyers are involved and you're reading about the whole kerfuffle here. So maybe that isn't a tale as old as time, but it sure is kind of amusing. Really, how could the Georgia lottery not... [read more]
There is a Porsche Panamera for almost anyone . If you simply want a Porsche sedan in your garage, there's the base Panamera. But what about one of the most powerful wagons to have ever roamed public roads? In that case you'll need the 2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo and all 690 of its horses. Those two cars bookend a range that is 21 models deep, and Porsche has now released pricing information on all of them... [read more]
The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette . It's a mid-engined masterpiece that is so far pretty great in both base and Z51 flavors. And it will have even more variants in the future. That much is almost certain. What exactly these variants are, however, remains an open question until Chevy makes it official. That said, intel that weve gathered suggests a Z06 is on the horizon. While the C8 Z06 is an extremely exciting proposition, its the so-called E-Ray that truly has... [read more]
Alfa Romeo, eight-cylindersthats a rather evocative cluster of letters. If youre any sort of Alfisti like us, the very mention of an eight-cylinder Alfa has you slack-jawed and glaze-eyed with thoughts of Alfas pre-war straight-eight monsters that claimed world championships and terrorized Italian farmroads, and then onto dreams of Alfas high-revving racing V-8s from the 1950s and 1960s that begat the outrageously stylishTipo 33 Stradaleand the later Montreal. Eventually, youll settle on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione from the late... [read more]
If you're a fan of high-revving Ferrari sports cars (yes, I know, who isn't?!), the folks over at Top Gear just released a compilation of Chris Harris driving four of the brand's most exciting models. Featuring the classic 250 GT TDF, the insanely fast FXX-K, and two more modern Ferraris in between, this 12-minute Maranello showdown will get you all hyped up.
Nearly any shift lever and knob can adorn this buttonless, gated automatic transmission shifter. Automatic transmission users, lift your spirits, your custom shift lever and knob prayers have been answered! Clayton Machine Works gated floor shifter for automatic transmissions allows for nearly endless customization with a Tremec-style 7/8-inch bolt spacing mounting scheme. The gated, side detent feature means you wont need a shifter button, either, just a simple flick of the wrist to change drive modes. The shifters come as... [read more]