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Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Nissan Kicks

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
Since crossovers are all the craze these days, weve decided that its time to start paying our dues to the little guys in the subcompact segment. After all, they do offer a lot of space for their size, and some of them actually offer decent creature comforts too. With that in mind, weve decided to give the 2019 Nissan Kicks a second look. As Nissans smallest crossover and a replacement for the Juke in the U.S. market, the Nissan Kicks... [read more]

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McLaren GT vs McLaren F1

By info@topspeed.com (Ciprian Florea)
McLaren just unveiled its most practical mid-engined sports car yet. It's called the GT, and it offers up to 20.1 cubic feet of luggage room combined. But the GT isn't McLaren's first practical vehicle. Although it's a spiritual successor to the 570GT, the GT is actually the third McLaren to feature a proper trunk. The first car to offer some practicality was the F1, McLaren's very first production car for road use. Let's find out more about that in the... [read more]

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7 Practical Mid-Engined Grand Tourers that Came Before the McLaren GT

By info@topspeed.com (Ciprian Florea)
The new McLaren GT took the market by storm as the most practical mid-engined sports car available. It has a combined 20.1 cubic feet of luggage room, luxury features inside the cabin, and a powerful V-8 engine. It's definitely a unique car if you factor all these details in, but it's not the first practical mid-engined car. This design goes back a few decades, and we're going to check out some of the most interesting creations of the past 50... [read more]

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
There was a time when we had either work trucks or semi-luxury trucks, but those times have long past. Today, you can have really nice daily driver trucks, work trucks that are nice enough to double as family vehicles, and American trucks packed so full of luxury that you would swear they came straight from Germany. The 2019 Ram Laramie Longhorn is a vehicle that bridges the gap between all segments and lays down proof that you can have plenty... [read more]

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Tesla Model Y Styling Breakdown: A Designer's Take on the New SUV

Elon Musks master plan has always had the Model 3 circled in fat red ink as Tesla s mega-selling, do-or-die affordable car. But since then, those fickle car buyers out there have been having other ideas and ditching their sedans for crossovers. Although the Model 3 has been selling remarkably well nonetheless, it hasnt been enough (probably because of its price) to avoid a $700 million loss last quarter . Moreover, the predicaments been compounded by slipping sales of the... [read more]

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Porsche Goes Classic Hollywood at Luftgekuhlt 6

It was all a Marty McFly dream, right? One random Saturday morning, hundreds of classic Porsches pull in to surround the Hill Valley town square set from the movie Back To The Future . And then, by late afternoon, poofthey were all gone. Was it a dream, Doc? No, it was the sixth and very dreamlike installment of Luftgekuhlt, the now legendary gathering of air-cooled Porsches, and one of the finest car shows of any kind, anywhere. The last American... [read more]

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Day 3: Omaha, NE

Today I took on the longest leg of my journey yet and hit Omaha, Nebraska where the people welcomed me and the weather didn't. Hell if I care... continue reading

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5 Things I Learned From a Quick Spin in the Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor

The Tesla Model 3 is often seen as a game changer in the automotive industry. It battles the BMW 3 Series and offers at least 240 miles of range on electric power. And while prices can climb easily, it starts at well under $40,000 before tax credits. Although it took a while to arrive to market, today the Model 3 is the most popular sports sedan, with more than 10,000 deliveries in the month of April. I recently spent time... [read more]

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The 2019 BMW M5 Competition Is More Powerful Than BMW Says, But How Powerful is it, Really?

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
When BMW announced the 2019 M5 Competition, it also announced that the M5 was finally faster than the Mercedes-AMG E63 S. With a 4.4-liter V-8, the 2019 M5 Competition has an official output of 617 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque at the crank. For those of you that dont know, that figure is actually different from the power that makes it to the wheels because there isnt a driveline out there that doesnt have at least some loss from... [read more]

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ProCharger celebrates their 25th anniversary

ProCharger turns 25 this year. That number seems all the more amazing when you consider their dominance within the high performance supercharging market. With innovative products for a wide array of needs, that they are only 25 years old may be the biggest news here. To celebrate their birthday they threw a party at Sonoma Raceway and invited a few friends. Said Ken Jones, President of ProCharger, We are especially happy to have all of you in attendance to celebrate... [read more]

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5 Reasons to Choose the 2019 Ford F-150 SuperCab Over the SuperCrew

Buyers who want a 2019 Ford F-150 with back seats have two cab choices: the F-150 SuperCrew with a full-size rear passenger area, or the smaller F-150 SuperCab that has less rear legroom. The 2019 F-150 SuperCrew is the more popular and practical choice, but here are five reasons to consider the SuperCab. Longer bed is standard Standard bed lengths for SuperCab and SuperCrew are 6.5 feet and 5.5 feet, respectively. The 6.5-foot bed is optional on SuperCrew, but that... [read more]

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How the Humvee Compares to the New Oshkosh JLTV

May 18 is Armed Forces Day, so to honor the 1.4 million Americans who serve, were taking you back to one of the heaviest duty, up-armored comparison tests weve ever executed. Since we published our story below, the Oshkosh Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) has officially entered service. According to the Marine Corps Times , the Marines serving at the School of Infantry in Camp Pendelton, California, were the first see the Hummer-replacement in action, this past February, in a... [read more]

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You Wont Believe How Historically Large the Rivian R1Ts Battery Pack Will Be

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby)
Electric vehicle start-up company Rivian made waves last year when it unveiled the Rivian R1T all-electric pickup and the R1S all-electric SUV. Today, Rivian is back in the news after revealing the 180 kWh battery pack it plans to use for both of its electric models. In so many words, this battery pack is huge. Its so big that its been labeled the largest automotive battery packever. The makeup of this battery pack includes a staggering 7,776 individual cells, and... [read more]

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Refreshing or Revolting: 2020 Cadillac CT5

As consumer demand shifts to crossovers, Cadillac has revamped its entire sedan strategy. Instead of making tweener vehicles, Cadillac will position its next-generation of sedans to fall in line with normal segment sizes. And its essentially replacing the outgoing ATS and CTS with one new vehicle: the all-new, 2020 Cadillac CT5. But does the new car make a big enough statement to fill two holes in the lineup? Lets explore the new design below. Taking inspiration from the stunning Escala... [read more]

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Classic Comparo: Camaro SS 1LE vs. Challenger R/T Scat Pack vs. Mustang GT

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: In case you missed it, earlier this week, we dropped the first drive of the updated 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Weve also been wrangling a new 2019 Mustang vs 2019 Camaro comparison test that youll see very soon. To send you galloping off into the weekend with visions of high-performance pony cars, check out this rodeo-themed three-way comparison test between 2015 the Dodge Challenger Scat Pack, 2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE and 2015 Ford Mustang GT Performance... [read more]

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Flying Spur Teaser: Taking Leather to All-New Dimensions

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
We still have no idea of when the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur is going to make its debut but, now that Bentley has teaser the side profile, retractable emblem, and now the interior, were pretty sure its coming sooner than later. The most recent teaser, which you can see below, showcases a very small part of the interior. Well, to be more specific, it showcases a piece of the interior door trim that Bentley is, apparently, very proud of. Outside... [read more]

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2020 Ford Police Interceptor Hybrid Review: 2020 Explorer with a Badass Badge

Yup, Ive already been in the latest cop car. As the old joke goes, I was in the front seatnot the back. In fact, I am one of the first civilians to drive the 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid, which is a 2020 Ford Explorer modified for police use. Its also the first hybrid engineered to be pursuit rated, meaning its up to hardcore police work when it goes on sale later this summer. Getting to this point has... [read more]

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10 Small SUVs That Get Excellent Real-World Fuel Economy

Small SUVs are hot right now, and they can be a great choice for customers who want a raised ride height and more cargo space without the large footprint of a bigger vehicle. We love small crossovers that are quick , but for many people, its even more important that theyre fuel-efficient. We looked through our extensive Real MPG test data and compiled a list of 10 crossovers and SUVs with impressive fuel economy . Unlike the EPA, our results... [read more]

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6 Cool Electric-Tech Features of the Mercedes-Benz EQC 400

The EQC isnt just a new SUV from Mercedes-Benz its the start of a completely new line of electric cars from the luxury automaker. And when it comes to the 2020 EQC 400s electric powertrain, Mercedes has thought about the details. Keep reading to learn about six cool electric-tech features on the new EQC, and read our review here . --> Intelligent Nav EQC drivers can plan their journey from home or office using the Mercedes me app. They can... [read more]

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Future Trucks! 2020 and Beyond

Truck makers aren't standing still. How could they? Surprising new players are planning entries into the truck segment over the next few years, which translates to tons of activity, yes, and that even includes electric pickups. How many of these future trucks (and van) did you know about? More on future cars: Future Cars! 2020 and Beyond Future SUVs! 2020 and Beyond What's Now Ram 1500 Rebel TRX Whats New: Ram wont officially confirm it, but who wouldnt want a... [read more]

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Volvo, BMW Earn 2019 Best Overall Value Awards from IntelliChoice

You dont usually associate luxury cars with value. Between insane levels of depreciation, high purchase prices, and outrageous maintenance expenses, luxury cars upkeep costs tend to skyrocket over time. IntelliChoice has released its 2019 Best Overall Value of the Year winners, and weve teamed up to see if you can get a premium-badged car that doesnt demand a fortune to keep running. --> IntelliChoice chooses its winners based on a number of factors including: insurance fees, depreciation, maintenance, fuel, and... [read more]

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Koenigsegg To Launch an "Affordable" Supercar In 2020 - Heres How Itll Do It

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby)
Rumors of an entry-level Koenigsegg have been around for some time now, and while the automaker has addressed those rumors in the past, development of the model hasnt progressed as fast as youd expect from an automaker thats known for building the fastest production car in the world. But the time has finally come. Koenigsegg high-volume entry-level model is expected to arrive in 2020 as the Swedish company shifts its focus from building low-volume supercars into the supercar mainstream, all... [read more]

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Day 2: Sand Springs, OK

Today I drove a few more hours north to Sand Springs, OK where I hung out at Hot Rod Garage Inc, drank moonshine, scared the shit out of... continue reading

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10 Cars You Can Now Legally Import in 2019

By info@topspeed.com (Safet Satara)
Every year, several awesome 25-year-old cars become eligible for import in the U.S. without regard to whether they comply with the DOT Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). This law enables us to drive some incredibly cool cars and considering that 2019 is exactly 25 years after 1994, I give you a list of astonishing vehicles you can import from all over the world. It is important to note that the 25 year period starts from the date of the... [read more]

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Ford Mustang 4-cylinder Convertible

By info@topspeed.com (Philippe Daix)
When you say Ford Mustang, it can conjure up a very wide and different array of iconic models in peoples head. Most will probably associate the name with a V-8 coupe of some sort or maybe an old-school muscle car, but nowadays you can buy the Mustang as a drop-top four-cylinder. And, we bet you arent yet convinced whether one is worth the money or not. Well, it depends a lot on what you plan to do with your new... [read more]

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2019 Honda Passport vs. Honda Pilot: Which SUV is Right for You?

If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck, right? This philosophical question is up for debate when it relates to the Honda Pilot and its smaller midsize counterpart, the Passport. It may look very similar to the Pilot, and share the same chassis and engine, but the 2019 Honda Passport has its own distinct personality. So if youre unsure on whether to buy the smaller or the bigger SUV, read below to... [read more]

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How Does the McLaren GTs Weight Stack Up Against Other Great Models?

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby)
McLaren promised to roll out a mid-engined grand tourer, and when McLaren makes a promise, you know its going to deliver. It didnt take long for the British supercar brand to come through on its word because the McLaren GT is here, and it looks every bit like the performance grand tourer the folks over at Woking, England said it would be. Classifications notwithstanding, the GT is more potent than the 570GT and more practical than the 650S. Its also... [read more]

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Under The Hood Of The 2020 Shelby GT500 And Discovered New Details

As the bus pulled into the M1 Concourse, there they were. Two scene-stealers overshadowed the rest of the pony cars in the corral. We were on hand to drive the 2019 Shelby GT350, but we couldnt take our eyes off the two 2020 Shelby GT500s parked alongside every other performance Mustang variant.   From the new High-Performance EcoBoost package to the street-stalking Bullitt, the collection of hardware was impressive. However, there is no Mustang more eagerly anticipated than the 700-plus-horsepower... [read more]

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McLaren GT vs McLaren 570GT

By info@topspeed.com (Ciprian Florea)
The McLaren GT is the company's take on the grand tourer segment. But unlike grand tourers from carmakers like Aston Martin, Bentley, and Mercedes-Benz, the GT features a mid-engined layout. As wild as it may sound, the GT isn't the first mid-engined grand tourer from McLaren. It follows in the footsteps of the 570GT, a 570S with luggage room atop the engine that was introduced in 2016. Is the new GT a notable improvement over the 570GT? Let's find out!

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Will the Production Genesis Essentia Be a 1,900-HP Electric Hypercar?

About a year ago, Genesis revealed one of the best-looking concepts we'd seen in a long time the Essentia . Then, in September, we learned that Genesis plans to actually build a limited run of production Essentias . That alone was exciting news, but Hyundai 's latest announcement opens the door to the possibility of the production Essentia becoming one of the most powerful cars in the world. This week, Hyundai Motor Group announced a new partnership with Rimac Automobili... [read more]

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Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD LT

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
The civil war in the truck segment seems to be getting more and more intense every day. Ford, with the F-Series, has been at the zenith for as long as one can remember. It looked like Chevy was the one that could stop the Blue Oval with its offering called the Silverado. But over the years, the Bowtie lost steam and has capitulated to not just Ford, but also the underdog known as Ram. Call it hard luck or complacency... [read more]

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Heres How Wed Spec the 2020 McLaren GT

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby)
McLaren has done it again. When it comes to redefining expectations, the British supercar brand stands as one of the best innovators in the entire industry, and with the arrival of the McLaren GT, its safe to say that McLarens reputation in this regard remains intact. The GT is, for all intents and purposes, a supercar wearing a grand tourers body. Its more powerful than the McLaren 570GT, and it has more functional trunk space than an actual sedan. Whens... [read more]

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2018 Ram Power Wagon at 20,000 Miles: What I Like and Don't Like

Our 2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon is sadly nearing the end of its yearlong stay with us, and as I emotionally prepare for the beasts departure, I thought now would be a good time to round up some things I like and dont like about our Power Wagon that I havent covered in the past. --> The Good Cargo Divider/Bed Extender: Pickup trucks live and die by their utility, and Ive got to say, when it comes to bed extenders... [read more]

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Toyota Designs the Ultimate Off-Roader for a Mission on the Moon Technologue

Have you been paying attention to the international moon race going on right now? Id somehow missed the fact that countries ranging from India and Israel to China and Japan all have moon missions underway or imminent. Yep, Google Israels privately funded Beresheet mission, Indias Chandrayaan-2 (complete with lunar rover), and Chinas Change-4. That ones Yutu-2 rover is currently prospecting on the back side of the moon in search of a helium-3 isotope that could potentially power fusion reactors and/or... [read more]

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Future Cars! 2020 and Beyond

Car buyersyou're in for a treat. Because no matter your budget for a new car, the future is bright. The wait is almost over for Corvette fans waiting for a mid-engine layout, but with the Shelby GT500 and new M3 on the way, the Chevy will have some serious sports car company. And maybe you've heard, but our automotive future is electrified. From Fiat to Audi , fully electric cars you might actually want to drive will be here soon... [read more]

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2020 Toyota Supra - That BMW Engine is Really Crammed In There

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby)
Much has been said about Toyota and BMW's relationship during their time developing the Supra and Z4 Roadster, respectively. Most people continue to lament the German automakers heavy involvement in the Japanese sports coup's development, though the truth, as is often the case, lies somewhere between what people think and what actually transpired. It's true that BMW was heavily involved in certain aspects of the Supra's development, including supplying a handful of important parts, including the one you'll find when... [read more]

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Will Panasonic save Tesla Model Y production from the battery cell shortage foreseen by Gigafactory 1?

By info@topspeed.com (Carter Stone)
The start of production of the 2020 Tesla Model Y next year will result in a battery cell shortage, according to reports from the Gigafactory 1 factory. Panasonics CEO, Kazuhiro Tsuga, wants to discuss the topic with Tesla. For the production of the Model Y, Tesla has yet to declare which factory it will use. Also, Tesla has not confirmed any battery supplier for the production of the Model 3. Is Tesla relying on a new investment from Panasonic?

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Day 1: Celina, TX

I've got this blog thing sort of fixed. Not really but sort of and I figured as long as I can post, I might as well do it.... continue reading

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FD Champ Chris Forsberg Juggles Full-Time Racing and Co-hosting Drift This.

Three-time Formula Drift (FD) champion Chris Forsberg is no stranger to pressure, but this year, he and fellow FD driver and friend Ryan Tuerck have their calendars more than full. Not only do they have a full season of FD competition, but they are also building cars for Motor Trends newest show, Drift This . This has been the busiest off season of all time, Chris told us at the season opener in Long Beach. Usually we do one project... [read more]

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Chris is Unleashed in a Raptor

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Russ is ready for a farm and a tank and Chris is Raptor ready. Let's go! Are you ready for A/C season? Get your car ready. Wherever you listen to the show please SUBSCRIBE and rate and review the show. It would mean a lot to us. Thanks! Press "Play" below to listen to this episode

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Mecum Auctions Road Art - Indy 2019 Day 2

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Mecum Auctions Road Art - Indy 2019 Day 1

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The 1,000-Pound Ambition That Became a Real Torque Number For The Ram 3500

The Ram 3500 with the 6.7-liter turbodiesel I-6 is now on sale. Weve driven and tested it and had time to process the numbers, but quite frankly we are still gobsmacked by that one insane four-digit number. The Cummins diesel generates a mind-blowing 1,000 lb-ft of torque as well as 400 horsepower, allowing it to tow 35,100 pounds. ( Chevy has since topped that with a Silverado HD that can tow 35,500 pounds.) So when we caught up with Jim... [read more]

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The McLaren GT offers more Trunk Space than some sedans

By info@topspeed.com (Ciprian Florea)
When it confirmed the McLaren GT at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the British firm claimed that it would be the most efficient mid-engined car on the market. Now that the GT has been unveiled, I can agree that it offers more luggage room than any other mid-engined vehicle available. What's more, this mid-engined grand tourer actually has more trunk space than several sedans. Let's see how it compares.

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2020 Audi A4 First Look: 5 New Features to Look for on the Refreshed Sedan

The Audi A4 ranks near the top of its class thanks to its advanced cabin technology, excellent build quality, quick acceleration, and solid ride. For 2020, Audi improves on this formula with new features. Read on to learn whats new on the 2020 Audi A4 .   New grille The hexagonal grille has become wider and flatter. Also notice that the cut line of the hood no longer touches the upper edge of the grille. New lights LED headlights come... [read more]

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How Volvo Plans to Fight Tesla in the EV Game

Volvo wants to make sure the Volvo and Polestar brands are major players in the electric vehicle space and took some major steps today to make sure that plan never runs out of juice. The Swedish brand owned by Chinese company Geely announced today it has signed long-term agreements with two major lithium-ion battery makers: CATL of China and LG Chem of South Korea. Unlike Tesla which makes its own batteries at the Gigafactory, Volvo has cemented a steady supply... [read more]

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Car For Sale: 1939 Porsche Type 64

By info@topspeed.com (Michael Fira)
When you think of the first Porsche, you probably have in mind the 1948 Porsche 356/1 also known as the "Porsche No. 1". Indeed, that was the first car to wear the Porsche badge, but you'd have to go back almost a decade to find the first Porsche-named car, and that is the streamlined vehicle that stands before your eyes now. It's called the Type 64, and three were built precisely 80 years ago of which two survive now, and... [read more]

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The 7 Coolest Spy Gadgets on the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Tribute Car

Last year, Aston Martin announced plans to build 25 new DB5s in partnershipwith EON Productions, the company that produces the James Bond films. The continuation cars would be built as a tribute to the DB5's role in the classic Bond flick Goldfinger , and most importantly, would have several functional spy gadgets, just like the original car had in the film. The cars won't be road-legal, but we can easily see why any car geek and/or movie lover would want... [read more]

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