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Ferrari 488 Pista Spider

By info@topspeed.com (Ciprian Florea)
The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider joined the 488 lineup at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance as a replacement for the 458 Speciale Aperta. The Ferrari 488 Pista replaced the iconic 458 Speciale, and it's the first of its kind to hide a turbocharged engine under the hood. Just when we thought that Ferrari settled for the Aperta name for its convertible sports car, Maranello returned to using the old Spider badge. But this is arguably a small issue here... [read more]

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Best Small Air Compressors

By info@topspeed.com (Peter Gupta)
Air compressors are the go-to equipment for powering pneumatic tools ranging from sprayers, nail guns, impact wrenches, jackhammers, etc. Small Air compressors are known by many names including mini compressors or handheld compressors or even portable compressors. From homeowners, DIYers to professionals, use the small air compressors or low noise compressors as they are designed to be extremely light and portable. Though there is no small silent air compressor, we have excellent options that keep the noise to a minimum... [read more]

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Tesla Kicking Inattentive Drivers Off Full Self Driving Beta Testing

Tesla owners, are you getting excited to try the much-hyped FSD ( Full Self-Driving ) autonomous driving feature in Beta testing form ? You had better make and keep a habit of keeping your eyes on the road. FSD Beta has now been expanded to ~2000 owners & weve also revoked beta where drivers did not pay sufficient attention to the road. No accidents to date. Next significant release will be in April. Going with pure vision not even using... [read more]

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Best Socket Sets In 2021

By info@topspeed.com (Tijo Tenson)
Working on your vehicle is fun, and having the right tools to do that makes it even more interesting. A good socket set always backs you up with confidence and gives you the zeal to work on your vehicle with ease. There are many factors that come into play while choosing a well-stacked good-quality socket set, which is why we have sorted out the best socket sets you can buy in 2021.

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Success of Mustang and Bronco Sub-Brands Means More Spin-Offs to Come

Ford CEO Jim Farley was a champion of the idea of creating sub-brands around iconic Blue Oval nameplates, starting with Mustang and Bronco. With those models' early success seeing their names spread beyond their core original Mustang and Bronco models, Farley thinks there is room to expand the concept to more nameplates. We have so much opportunity, Farley tells MotorTrend in an interview. We have such a plethora of ideas and passion brands in the company. So many in Europe... [read more]

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From the Archives: 1972 Mercedes-Benz 450SL First Drive

In honor of the R107 Mercedes-Benz SL's golden anniversary, we dug up our June 1971 review of the then-new 1972 Mercedes-Benz 450SL. We've been told that our cars must change, that they pollute and maim and this can no longer be; Congress and DOT have decreed it. Some believe that this is only a phase we're going through, that it, like all things, must pass. In our hearts, though, we know that its true and it really will happen. Still... [read more]

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This Tastefully-Customized Audi RS6 Avant Shows You Why Wagons Shouldnt Be Taken For Granted

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
The Audi RS6 Avant is a mighty fast wagon and we cant get over it. It strikes the perfect balance of an SUV and a sedan. As practical and spacious as an SUV and comes with sedan-like driving dynamics. The RS6 Avant also happens to be a hot favorite with the tuners. While these renditions are generally pretty good, you have to customize it based on the stuff offered by that one particular tuner only. However, heres one example of... [read more]

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The McLaren Artura Is Fast, But Not Fast Enough to Be a Dodge Challenger

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
The Artura is the stepping stone for McLaren moving into the future. It is the third hybrid model (behind the P1 and the Speedtail) and the first plug-in hybrid to roll out of the automakers factory. There was a lot of buzz surrounding its powertrain, but a few months into the launch, we now have some stats that give us an idea of how good (or bad) the Artura is. As it turns out, the supercar can hit 60 mph... [read more]

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A High-Performance Genesis? It Might Just Happen

Genesis is making headlines recently. From the unfortunate crash that Tiger Woods suffered in a GV80 to the new GV70 compact crossover and X coupe concept , the Korean luxury brand seemingly can't avoid the spotlight. And theres more coming, too. Rumor has it that an electric GV70 is right around the corner (likely dubbed eGV70). Theres also the possibility of a performance-oriented model joining the lineup in the future. We had a chance to talk with Ricky Lao, the... [read more]

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No, The Hyundai Veloster Isnt Dying Just Yet

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
Veloster fans out there, please do not despair. Despite what some rumors might have suggested a couple of days ago, Hyundai is not throwing the regular version of its sporty hatchback under the bus. However, some trim levels will have to go.

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Best Racing Tires In 2021

By info@topspeed.com (Tijo Tenson)
There are times when we all love to get more from our cars, be it performance, handling, or even MPG figures. But to make that happen, we sure need the right tweaks and tools. When it comes to handling and grip, it all depends on those 4 rolls of rubber at each corner. Tires are paramount when it comes to driving appeal and control. And racing tires are the most involving and sensitive of the bunch. Racing tires are used... [read more]

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Toyota and Lexus Join Tesla and GM in Level 2 Semi-Autonomous Driving Fray

For the moment, its lonely at the top of the semi-autonomous mountain. In the U.S., Teslas massively popular and somewhat controversial Autopilot is challenged only by GMs Super Cruise , though state-of-the-art Level 2 (and beyond) systems from Mercedes-Benz , Honda , and Ford are either on their way or available in other markets. Toyota is the latest to join the Level 2 fray, announcing a new partially hands-free highway driving assist suite for the new Toyota Mirai FCV sedan... [read more]

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Sports Rod Search Party

Everyone loves a good hot rod treasure hunt. For me, I get a huge kick out of digging for lost hot rods or pieces thereof. Although Ive never... continue reading

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This 1998 Subaru Imprezza 22B STi Is As Pristine As It Is Rare

By info@topspeed.com (Dim Angelov)
Auction sites like bringatrailer.com are the perfect places to look at if you are looking for unusual or rare vehicles. That is exactly the case with this 1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STI, which has 40,000 km (24,855 miles) on the clock. Japanese sports cars from the 1990s are becoming increasingly sought-after, especially those that were never sold in the US and have to be 25 years old. The Skyline R34 GTR and Supra A80 Turbo are already six-figure cars. The... [read more]

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Jeep Compass

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
Jeep has refreshed the Euro-spec Compass but it gives us a good preview of what to expect from the U.S.-spec model that will arrive later this year. The 2022 Jeep Compass comes with exterior and interior cosmetic upgrades, and some tech features inside the cabin. This compass also comes with a new plug-in hybrid powertrain called the 4xe. Trivia: This is the first Jeep launch in Europe after incorporating it into the Stellantis umbrella.

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2021 Honda Odyssey EX-L: Our Yearlong Odyssey With One Has Begun

Dear Honda Manufacturing of Alabama employees, Just a quick note to let you know that your 2021 Honda Odyssey EX-L (VIN ending in 7577) has arrived safe and sound, thanks to your colleagues at America Honda Motor Company and the folks at Scott Robinson Honda in Torrance, California. Thanks for painting it in such a lovely shade of Obsidian Blue Pearl; the dark blue really helps the new chrome strip above the redesigned headlights pop and looks stunning against the... [read more]

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2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat First Test: This SUV Goes Like a Scalded Viper

Is it wrong that every time we fired up the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat , we got a vivid mental image of our entire family screaming while we attacked a decreasing radius off-ramp, a gleeful cackle on our lips as the Dodge's rear end hung out wide? It takes serious restraintrestraint that we're not surewe havenot to antagonize passengers with this 710-hp, SUV-shaped mass driver. Or perhaps it would thrill themyour passengers might be more amenable to physics experiments... [read more]

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Are Automakers Using V-8 Engines As An Emotional Bait?

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
The world is moving towards electrification faster than we can digest. While many of us are looking forward to clean mobility, some enthusiasts and purists are dreading it and want to enjoy internal combustion engines while they last. Automakers have been reducing the number of cylinders under the hood in the name of efficiency for a long time now, but that didnt mean V-8s werent in demand. But, with major strides being done in electrification technology lately, the demise of... [read more]

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Will You Forgive GM for the Crap Quality of the C8 Corvette if the C9 Looks Like this?

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
Chevrolet got the performance right for its first-ever mid-engine production car but in doing so, it kind of missed the whole point of what a well-made interior should look and feel like. But what if the carmaker came up with a next-generation C9 that had a more European flavor and looked like Leyang Bais design study?

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Porsche Spent 3,100 Miles At Full Throttle Trying to Make The New 911 GT3 Fail

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
Todays sports cars and race cars are a lot more reliable than those of the previous decade. In part, this is due to advances in technology and assembly techniques, but carmakers are also more poised on torturing their cars before they finally release them on the market. Case in point: Porsche and the grueling reliability tests that the new 911 GT3 had to endure.

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2021 Goodguys Nats in Texas

The Spring Lone Star Nationals in Fort Worth kicks off the 2021 Goodguys schedule. Car shows are back! Goodguys kicked off its 2021 schedule in March with the 11th LMC Truck Spring Lone Star Nationals, held at the Texas Motor Speedway near Forth Worth, Texas. Hot rodders have waited a long time to get together at national events, and the crowds (and hot rods) in Texas turned out by the thousands to fire up the new season. More than 2,400... [read more]

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Bentley Mulliner Bacalar First Drive: The Ultimate Bentley Indulgence

The limited-edition 2021 Bentley Mulliner Bacalar was intended to be one of the stars of the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. But COVID-19 had other ideas, and with Genevas sudden cancellation , Bentley was forced to forgo the pomp and circumstance of launching the Bacalar at an event that has in the past hosted the debuts of style icons such as the Jaguar E-Type and Lam b orghini Countach. Instead, Bentleys first two-seat car in 90 years was revealed via a... [read more]

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Fifty Years of R107: Mercedes' Third-Gen SL Celebrates Its Golden Anniversary

Few vehicles evoke a lineage of refined luxury like the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class . The SL can trace its roots back to the groundbreaking 300SL that Mercedes sent racingwith successin the 1950s. Fast and beautiful, the original SL was a technical triumph, with direct fuel injection and a space frame that necessitated those iconic gullwing top-hinged doors . A less overtly sporting SL (despite the SL name flowing from Sportlich-Leicht, which translates to Sport Lightweight), followed, though it continued to deliver... [read more]

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Bugatti EB110 - A Great Car That Didnt Get The Credit It Deserved

By info@topspeed.com (Dim Angelov)
Many consider the 1990s to be a Golden Age for supercars. Many poster cars have come precisely from this era. I myself have posters and scaled models of many of them. Lamborghini Diablo, Ferrari F50, Honda NSX, McLaren F1, Jaguar XJ220, and others some of the most well-known representatives of their time. There is another one, however. The Bugatti EB110 was the French take on a 1990s supercar and, despite being relatively forgotten by some, it was an awesome car... [read more]

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2022 Hyundai Kona N Forgoes Stick Shift for Trick Dual-Clutch Gearbox

Hmm. Right around the time that BMW decided dual-clutch automatic transmissions arent worth putting in its performance cars anymore, Hyundais N-division starts putting DCTs in just about everything. There is, of course, an obvious link between BMW and Hyundai, and it comes down to a man by the name of Albert Biermann. Biermann spearheaded BMWs M division for years and now runs research and development at Hyundai. Now we're getting a few more details on the DCT that will feature... [read more]

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This 2006 Ferrari F430 Is the Queen of Naturally Aspirated Thrills

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
The Ferrari F430 was unveiled at the 2004 Paris Motor Show as a successor to the Ferrari 360. It came with a whole lot of changes compared to its predecessor, especially in the aerodynamic efficiency department. The F430 now generated a greater downforce, thus instilling more confidence at higher speeds. The supercar was in production for about five years from 2004 to 2009 wherein Ferrari make around 15,000 examples of it. Not exactly a rare breed, but the F430 came... [read more]

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McLaren Confirms the Obvious: The 671-HP Artura Is Wicked Quick

Hybrid need no longer be synonymous with slow or Prius thanks, in part, to the arrival of the 205-mph 2022 McLaren Artura . Admittedly, the Artura is not the first fast hybrid to enter the zeitgeist, but it is the latest addition to the growing ranks of low-slung and sporty gasoline-electric models, which includes vehicles such as the Acura NSX , Ferrari SF90, and Polestar 1 . Dont forget previous hyper-hybridized offerings such as the BMW i8 , Ferrari LaFerrari... [read more]

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After seeing This Rendering, Toyota Definitely Needs to Build a GR 86 Shooting Brake

By info@topspeed.com (Dim Angelov)
We recently covered a rendering, which gave us an idea of how a Toyota GR86 Convertible could look like. Now, the Hungarian virtual design studio X-Tomi Design is giving us another great idea. Theyve taken the Toyota GR86 and decided to make a shooting break out of it. We have to admit, the results are quite good. The Shooting brake concept is a very old one. It dates back to the 1800s and the first shooting brake cars were manufactured... [read more]

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The Cyberlandr Is the Tesla Cybertrucks Funky-Rad In-Bed Camper

Hate it or love it, the controversial Tesla Cybertruck will begin production later this year, and Tesla is currently taking reservations that require a $100 down payment. (That is, Tesla's says the Cybertruck is comingbut maybe don't hold it to 2021what with the company's history of missing big new model introduction timelines.) Either way, the Cybertruck is nigh, and with the growing hunger for the great outdoors we are witnessing, it was only a matter of time before someone designed... [read more]

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2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 PDK First Test: Sharp Numbers, Sharper Experience

Perked up yet, Porsche purists? Its another game of PDK versus manual, with the former now offered in the 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder for the first time. Pick one, pick bothyoure a winner either way. But how much of a winner are you? Lets run down just how much quicker the dual-clutch is compared to the stick. Oops, spoiler alert. Well, both come with a rear spoiler, but thats not important. As we said, the 718... [read more]

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This 1978 Ferrari 512 BB "Koenig Special" is Extra Special

By info@topspeed.com (Dim Angelov)
The 1980s were all about excess. This extended to cars, as well. Its no surprise, cars like the Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer (BB) were conceived. Back then, cars like these were the ultimate expression of wealth and power. But what happens when a Ferrari 512 BB doesnt look flashy enough? You modify it, of course! This was the exact fate of this 1972 Ferrari 512 BB Koenig Special. The car is currently being auctioned off on collectingcars.com.

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A Modern Chevy Silverado 454 SS? Here's What It Would Look Like

We love the classic Chevrolet 454 SS , but even the staunchest fans will admit that the other muscle trucks of the day Fords F-150 Lightning , the smaller but wilder GMC Syclone had it beat on actual muscle. Sure, biggest engine in the lightest body style is a time-honored formula, but the torquey 454 truck motor wasnt as special as its rivals. For cool factor, though, the 454 SS packed plenty, and a bit of mystique, too. After all... [read more]

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Hyundai Sonata N-Line - Driven

By info@topspeed.com (Philippe Daix)
Outside of the likes of BMW, Mercedes, and a few others, the concept of sporty and quick sedans is slowly dying off as people look to either bigger, similarly quick, vehicles or smaller two-door sports cars. Then youve got brands like Hyundai that seems to either not care or wants to keep the thrill of driving alive, and this is where the Hyundai Sonata N-Line comes in. Its based on your typical midsized family sedan but is injected with enough... [read more]

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7 Designs Can Make Your Maserati MC20 Look Faster Than It Is

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
Theres always room for better. This is the philosophy of every tuner out there and New Yorks 7 Designs confirms the creed with a brand new tuning kit for Maseratis MC20 sports car.

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Yes, they are still out there

Have you lost all hope of ever finding that elusive barn find hot rod? Figured that they've all been discovered on a TV show and sold for too... continue reading

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Can The Lamborghini Urus Stand Up Against The Likes Of The Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat and The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk?

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
The sight of seeing SUVs rocket down a quarter-mile in a little over 10 seconds is exhilarating. Automakers have realized that people love performance SUVs and it could rake in big numbers for them. Take the Urus for instance. It has been the companys best-seller since its launch. Even Dodge decided to let all hell break loose by throwing in a supercharged engine under its family SUVs hood. Throw the Jeep Trackhawk in the mix and you have three of... [read more]

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2021 Volvo V90 R-Design First Test: This Swede Indulges Our Big Wagon Love

As unabashed station wagon fans, we were pleased to learn that the Volvo V90 has proved to be more popular than Volvo anticipated. When Volvo introduced the V90 for the 2018 model year, it intended it as a special-order item, anticipating that North American buyers would prefer the plastic-clad Cross Country version or the big XC90 SUV instead . But demand for the S90 variant was higher than expected, and V90s are now regularly built for dealer stock. When Volvo... [read more]

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This Shootout Between the BMW M4 and Porsche Cayman GT4 is Epic

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
Out of the two German sports cars, the 718 Cayman GT4 is perhaps the more track-focused animal. However, the BMW M4 in Competition trim showed that it is no pushover.

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Oversteer Explorer: Ford's 3-Row SUV Adds RWD Enthusiast ST and Platinum Trims

The gatekeepers at the Ford Motor Company have graciously decided to lower the barrier of entry to performance-oriented 2021 Explorer ST with a new model. Dubbed the Ford Explorer Enthusiast ST, the trim delivers the same underhood goods as the regular ST in a cheaper, rear-drive package. (The regular ST has AWD standard.) It sounds like a win to us, even if Ford's decision to forgo the EnthusiaST name is an SUV-sized missed opportunity. --> Punny naming schemes aside, the... [read more]

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Chevrolet Confirms An Electric Silverado, But Will It Be a Rebadged Hummer EV?

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
It was pretty hard to digest that one of the top truck manufacturers in the U.S., Chevrolet, was mum about electric trucks. At a time where every EV manufacturer was coming up with an offering to the open-bed segment, Chevy was out of the limelight for a very long time. Ford, on the other hand, has been active for years now, right from challenging Tesla to making official announcements. But finally, the Bowtie has stepped up and officially announced its... [read more]

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BMW M Could Be Working On A Bespoke SUV

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
A trademark filed by BMW in October 2020 with the US patent office has been submitted to the UK office on April 5, 2021. Its called XM and Carbuzz thinks it sounds like it could be a bespoke, M-branded SUV.

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2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross First Drive: Improved but not Better Than the Competition

Mitsubishi is picking up speed. Not dramaticallythink a brisk walk compared to its prior shamblebut the Japanese automaker is on a bit of a roll with its new products. We were duly impressed with the all-new, ground-up redesign of the 2022 Outlander, a three-row SUV that bodes well for the company's direction. Conversely, the Outlander drive program also slotted us behind the wheel of the refreshed 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross , a compact SUV that reminds us the brand still... [read more]

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How Fast Was Tiger Woods Driving Before His Crash?

The Los Angeles Sheriffs Department held a news conference today with updates on star golfer Tiger Woods single-vehicle crash on February 23 and revealed his Genesis GV80 SUV hit a top speed of 87 mph during the incident. The department blamed pedal misapplication (pressing the gas instead of the brake in a moment of panic), unsafe speed, and an inability to negotiate the curve in the road. The posted speed limit is 45 mph. Woods was driving northbound on Hawthorne... [read more]

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Military Vehicles Prepare to Invade the 2021 Mint 400 Off-Road Race

Theres a new competition class in the works for the 2021 Mint 400 off-road desert race, and it's dedicated exclusively to military vehicles. The class will allow manufacturers and owners of historic and modern mil-spec vehicles to race against one anothera uniquely unusual type of convoy for combat-ready vehicles. This news comes on the heels of the race's recently announced electric vehicle competition class. Whats the rationale for a racing class dedicated to military vehicles? Machines from U.S. military vehicle... [read more]

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2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV vs. 2022 Hummer Pickup: Off-Road Capability Comparison

As easy as it would have been for GMC to crank out a new SUV version of its Hummer EV Pickup with identical dimensions and a sealed cargo area stuffed with seats and carpeting, thats not the case. What the 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV loses in ultimate utility to its bed-baring 2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup sibling, it makes up for with greater maneuverability and superior off-road capability. For GMC's Hummer EV SUV and Pickup, Size Matters The biggest... [read more]

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Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat - Driven

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
Until 2020, the Dodge Durango was a family SUV with a sporty side to it. It came with a V-8 engine that churned out enough power to fulfill the adrenaline rush while also serving as a practical utility vehicle. For the 2021 model, however, Dodge upped the ante. As part of its process to plonk in the Hellcat engine in every product in its portfolio, the automaker transformed the Durango into a beast incarnate that just cant be tamed. On... [read more]

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