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Tesla Model 3 Versus Porsche 911 Carrera S Makes For a Very Tight Affair

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
While the Tesla Model S has its hands full dealing with the all-electric Porsche Taycan (not when it comes to range, though), the Model 3 has been pitted against the 2020 Porsche 911 by the fellas over at Carwow. We know, we know, and they do too, these two are not exactly direct rivals and the differences between them arent only related to how they generate power and torque. The 911 is rear-wheel-driven, while the Model 3 spins all four... [read more]

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Baileigh/Waldens Metal Shaping Class: Coming Soon!

A few years back, I begrudgingly attended a Baileigh hosted metal shaping class in Manitowoc, WI. It was one of those work trip kind of things that ya... continue reading

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2021 Cadillac Escalade: What We Know So Far

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
Arguably one of the most recognizable modern Cadillacs, the Escalade is getting ready to say bye-bye to its fourth generation as the fifth is set to make a debut on February the 4th, 2020. So far weve had a fair share of rumors joined by blurry shots of the big SUVs interior an exterior cues, so weve put it all together to see what exactly do we know about and what to expect from the 2021 Cadillac Escalade.

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The First Production 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Just Became the Fourth Most Expensive Vette Ever Sold at Auction

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 is living up to the hype after the first-production model carrying VIN 001 sold for a staggering $3 million at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hendrick Companies founder and CEO Rick Hendrick placed the winning bid, adding what could be one of the most desirable Corvettes in history to his extraordinary collection of American performance cars. The first-production Corvette Stingray C8 also becomes one of the most expensive Corvette models ever sold at... [read more]

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Forza Horizon 4s Eliminator Mode Opens The Door For the Arrival of Some Sweet Rides

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
The arrival of the Eliminator competition mode in Forza Horizon 4 injected fresh excitement back to the game. Now that everyones going stir crazy over the Eliminator, Turn 10 Studios is capitalizing on that excitement by dropping nine new vehicles that can be used in the new competition mode. Two of these vehicles happen to be the Mercedes-Benz Unimog and the Hummer H1 Alpha Open Top, two of the most over-the-edge vehicles you can play in the entire game. In... [read more]

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Mechanics On A Mission

By Nordstroms Automotive inc.
Mechanics on a special mission to help others in need of car repair. Press "Play" below to listen to this episode

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Rare 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Little Red Is Back and Nearly Unrecognizable

This one-of-one, experimental GT500 coupe has experienced a stunning two-year turnaround Two years ago, this gleaming Candy Applered, one-off 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 EXP prototype dubbed Little Red was wasting away in a Texas field like an abandoned cow carcass. It has since been totally restored by its rescuer, Craig Jackson, who swooped in and bought the rare Shelby GT500 coupe in 2018 when it was decidedly less gleaming and far more decrepit than it is today. Little Red is... [read more]

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Video: Would You Drive This Six-Wheeled Jeep Wrangler in the U.S.?

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
When you talk about a beast on six wheels, the sight of Richard Hammond driving a G63 on the sand dunes around Dubai comes to mind. But heres one other example, and perhaps, a poor mans Mercedes-AMG G63 6X6. A 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has been converted from an SUV to a pickup truck, and from a four-wheel config to a six-wheel one. YouTuber Doug DeMuro got his hands on it and heres what it is all about.

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A New Volkswagen Golf GTI Is Coming with 287 Horsepower

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
With the Volkswagen Golf 8 here to stay for a while, it was only a matter of time before Volkswagen started declining it into various guises. Hotter guises, that is. Among those, the first one to make a debut is, according to a recent report coming from Autocar, the Golf GTI. It will be followed by the GTD, which will supposedly share the stage too in Geneva, and later on (read summer 2020) by the Golf R.

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Audi Will RS Almost Everything, Including SUVs, As Long As It Doesnt Have a Four-Cylinder

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
If theres anything weve all been itching to see from Audi, its a hotter version of the A1 Sportback an RS1 to be exact. With the second generation kicking of in 2018, we were hoping that after being fully established on the market, Audis resident supermini would finally get the hot hatch treatment that it deserves. Unfortunately, Audi has come right out and said that, despite the fact that its going to go all out on RS-badging its SUV lineup... [read more]

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Ogle Suzuki's Jimny 44Because It's Not Coming to the U.S. and That's All You Can Do

Youre forgiven for not knowing exactly what the Suzuki Jimny isor for calling it the Jimmy, which was a GMC SUV in the 90s. The little 44 isnt sold here in the U.S., which is really too bad because its the small, affordable, elemental SUV thats been missing from American dealerships since Jeeps Wrangler went huge, Hyundai and Kia grew up and started building crossovers, and Suzuki left the U.S. market entirely. With off-roaders roaring back, however, its worth taking... [read more]

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GMC Shot a Freaking Sofa (and Lots of Other Stuff) at Its Carbon-Fiber Pickup Bed

Carbon fiber is strong and lightweight, making it a favored component in race cars and exotic road vehicles, and GMC is out to prove the material's worth to the masses. GMC, you see, recently introduced the carbon-fiber CarbonPro bed for its mainstream Sierra full-size pickup , and the brand is using a new commercial to show off the truck bed's strength. After all, it seems any time a pickup-truck manufacturer introduces a new material for its beds that isn't steellike... [read more]

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Nissans Ariya-derived EV Will Be as Fast or Faster Than a Z Car

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
Remember Nissans Ariya concept car? Well, youd better, because it is slated to deliver a downpour of electric performance that might even put the Nissan 370Z to shame. This new bit of information comes from Nissans very own senior global design Vice President Alfonso Albaisa, who admitted to Green Car Reports that the real version of the Ariya is fast - faster or as fast as a Z car.

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500,000 Teslas Being Investigated Over Unintended Acceleration Claims

The U.S. government is looking into claims that certain Tesla vehicles suffer a defect that can cause sudden unintended acceleration. According to a petition filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there have been 110 crashes and 52 injuries linked to the issue. Keep in mind that unintended acceleration is a buzzword both because the idea that a car might accelerate on its own, without input from the driver, is scary and because other automakers such as Toyota... [read more]

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2020 Jaguar XJ EV

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
Its no secret that Jaguar has eyes on launching an all-electric version of the XJ sedan, and just as we started lamenting the lack of tangible evidence of an all-electric XJ, a batch of spy photos fell on our laps and, lo and behold, we get our first look and what looks to be the all-electric XJ. Granted, the spy photos dont show the heavily wrapped sedan doing blitzing test runs, but, rather, they show the sedan getting transported to... [read more]

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Barrett-Jackson Auction 2020: First Looks from Scottsdale Show

HOT ROD is at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, to check out lots of cool cars. The excitement is huge, and if youve been following along on TV via the MotorTrend network, youve had a chance to see what were talking about. Weve been doing lots of walking and talking during the last day at WestWorld of Scottsdale, and weve compiled some cool shots of whats going on here. We plan to be putting up more soon. And if... [read more]

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Watch Out, NASA, Forget SpaceXLexus Is Designing Vehicles for the Moon

It seems Lexus s design department has grown a little bored with designing vehicles for Earth. The company recently released a series of design sketches for a distraction of sorts for its in-house artists: Lunar rovers and various spacecraft. And this isn't the first time Toyota or one of its divisions has let their minds wander to the cosmos . Now, Lexus designers didnt just sit down one day, pass around some hallucinogenic drugs, and then pick up their pens... [read more]

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2020 Lightyear One

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
There is no dearth of electric cars in the market today. The technology related to EVs is still developing and every automaker has to start from scratch. Perhaps, that is why you can see a lot of new automakers here. Millennial companies like Tesla have become an existential threat to bigger marques like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes. But, this has opened doors to a lot of new companies that are trying to make a name for themselves. One such company... [read more]

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2020 Jeep Gladiator North Edition Is Ready to Tackle Winter

Jeep is introducing a host of North Edition models to take the sting out of the coldest months of the year. Offered across the entire lineup, from the Compass to the Gladiator , North Edition models arent much different than regular Jeeps, but they bundle together a few helpful features for driving in ice and snow and keeping the cabin warm in the winter. North Edition models come standard with four- or all-wheel drive, complemented by all-season or all-terrain tires... [read more]

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2020 Maserati MilleMiglia Concept

By info@topspeed.com (Michael Fira)
If you ever looked at the Ferrari Monza SP1 and thought to yourself that Maserati, the once-great Italian supercar maker that's nowadays stuck with sub-standard SUVs and luxury sedans, should make something similar, your prayers have been heard. Sadly, not by Maserati but by freelance designer Luca Serafini who came up with this. If there's still good left in the world, the MilleMiglia Concept will become a reality. Imagine taking the best design cues from legendary Maserati models such as... [read more]

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The First Dodge Viper Ever Produced Just Sold for $285,500

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
The Dodge Viper came in a time when Chrysler was associated with people carriers and compact front-wheel drive cars. It was first shown in concept guise back in January 1989 after just one year under development and the first customers got their Vipers in the early months of 1992. The rest, as they say, is history. Also history - of the living ilk - is this particular red-painted Dodge Viper, for two reasons: its the very first to leave the... [read more]

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Four-Cylinder Toyota Supra Coming to Europe; Is the U.S. Next?

The Toyota Supra is as synonymous with the inline six-cylinder engine as Seth Rogen is to marijuana. Or is it? While the 2020 GR Supra is sold exclusively with a 335-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six in the United States, the two-door sports car also offers a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four under its hood in Japan and come March, Europe. Thats right, Toyota is expanding sales of the four-cylinder Supra beyond the motherland, and its likely only a matter of time until the... [read more]

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Watch a Mustang Shelby GT500 Take On the Camaro ZL1 and Challenger Redeye in a 2,200-Horsepower Drag Race

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
We know we love a proper drag race and were pretty sure you do, too. So todays rumble comes courtesy of Edmunds, who took three muscle car top dogs and had them jump at each others throats. The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye battle for quarter-mile bragging rights. We wont tell you who wins just yet, but remember this: its not always the most powerful car that takes the cake.

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Just a Reminder That the 19751980 Oldsmobile Starfire Was a Thing

For some, the so-called Malaise era , loosely defined as the automotive period between 1973 and 1983, was an irredeemably dark time in American automotive history. As a result, few cars from the time are celebrated and many have even been forgottenthough, to be fair, not a great number those vehicles survive today. But as we lurch toward the 1970s golden anniversary, we think its high time unsung classics from the era were treated with a little more respect (or... [read more]

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Car For Sale: One Owner 1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition

By info@topspeed.com (Ciprian Florea)
One of the most iconic Lamborghinis ever built, the Countach was introduced in 1974 as a replacement for the equally iconic Miura and survived into production for an impressive 16 years, until 1990. 30 years later and the Countach remains a highly sought-after collectible, commanding millions of dollars in certain specifications. If you like the late models with wider skirts and the more powerful V-12, you can score one in pristine condition at Silverstone Auctions' Race Retro sale in the... [read more]

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The Hidden Hauler

The year is 1949 and Hot Rod Magazine is in its infancy, and our sport is too. By December, Hot Rod had their formula dialed in. The issue... continue reading

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1964 Porsche 901 vs. 1986 Porsche 959: Whos Your Daddy?

October 22, 1964 proved to be a fateful day. The 53rd, 54th, and 55th Porsche 911s were built that day, only they werent called 911s. See, a year earlier at the 50th Paris Motor Show the Porsche 901 had debuted. Reaction was mixed. So big! So fat! Its truemuch of the assembled press bemoaned how much larger and heavier the 901 was compared to the 356 it would replace. Sound familiar? Im sure some car scribes dug it, though. One... [read more]

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Peek Inside Football Star Ronde Barbers Garage Full of Corvettes

Quick Stats: Ronde Barber, Analyst for Fox NFL, Super Bowl champion Daily Driver: 2017 Ram 2500 (Rondes rating: 8 plus on a scale of 1 to 10) Other cars: see below Favorite road trip: Tampa to Pennsylvania Car he learned to drive in : Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme First car bought: 1997 Toyota 4Runner Fox analyst and Super Bowl champion and defensive back Ronde Barber likes Corvettes so much, he doesnt have just one. He has four, ranging from a 1966... [read more]

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Get Ready For a Retro-Styled, V-6, Manual Nissan Z Car

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
2020 is supposedly the year that will bring us a replacement for the aging Nissan 370Z. We know for a thing that a cabriolet version wont be offered, and previous reports talked about 400Z as a potential name for the new model. The latest word on the upcoming new Nissan Z car is that it will flaunt reinterpreted retro styling cues, as Nissans designers are going back to the roots of the car.

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The Four-Cylinder Toyota Supra is Coming, and Its Definitely The One You Want!

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
As of the time of this writing, Europe and North America has only been graced with the 3.0-liter Toyota Supra. You know, the one that is rated at 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque, but was found to produce considerably more in not just one dyno run but two different dyno runs. Now, Toyota has announced that the four-cylinder Supra is coming to Europe (were sure itll come to North America soon, too) and, the truth is that it... [read more]

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Rare 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Little Red Is Back and Nearly Unrecognizable

Two years ago, this gleaming Candy Applered, one-off 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 EXP prototype dubbed Little Red was wasting away in a Texas field like an abandoned cow carcass. It has since been totally restored by its rescuer, Craig Jackson, who swooped in and bought the rare Shelby GT500 coupe in 2018 when it was decidedly less gleaming and far more decrepit than it is today. Little Red is one of the most sought-after classic Mustangsand before March of 2018... [read more]

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2020 Audi A4 Allroad Shows The Brands Wagon Game Remains Strong

With the 591-hp Audi RS6 Avant and A6 Allroad station wagon s finally set to reintroduce midsize Audi wagon greatness to the U.S. market this summer, you may be thinking a return for the smaller A4 Avant cant be far behind. Though Audi hasnt ruled out bringing back the regular-grade A4 Avant here, it at least sends over that models taller, pseudo-crossover sibling, the A4 Allroad . Its basically an A4 Avant with Subaru Outback style plastic body cladding and... [read more]

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The Porsche Taycan Turbo S Is Rated at 194 Miles? It Doesnt Stand a Chance

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
You know, I like the Porsche Taycan. I think its relatively sport for what it is while still featuring the family friendliness of four-doors and plenty of cargo room. Sure, it kind of looks like a deformed, partially aborted 911 with too much DNA, but thats a conversation for another day. What I cant get past, though, is the fact that Porsche has seriously dropped the ball when it comes to EV range. Where the Porsche Taycan Turbo is rated... [read more]

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New Buick EV Crossover Might Just Preview Chevrolet's Upcoming Bolt SUV

Its no secret that Buick is big in China, which is why it makes sense that General Motors is attempting to bolster the tri-shield brands electric vehicle portfolio in that country. (Which, it should be pointing out, is rapidly pivoting toward championing EVs and other emissions-reducing vehicles.) And Buick, it turns out, has an EV in the works. T hanks to images obtained by the Chinese publication Autohome from Chinas Ministry of Industry and Transportation Technology, we now know what... [read more]

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Morgan Plus 4 70th Anniversary Edition

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
After more than 70 years of serving as the skeleton of Morgan models, the British automakers long-running steel chassis finally has an expiration date. But before that day comes, Morgan is giving the chassis a proper send-off by launching the Plus 4 70th Edition. Yes, Morgan is celebrating the life and times of its steel chassis by taking the special edition route. The move isnt uncommon these days among automakers Bentley just announced the Mulsanne 6.75 Edition to celebrate the... [read more]

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The 2020 Audi A5 and S5 Family Receives Mild Botox Injections

Audi has refreshed the A4 sedan s swoopier (and better looking) A5 siblings for 2020. The A5 family s changes for 2020 closely mirror those applied to the A4 and amount to incremental improvements for the two-door coupe and Cabriolet, as well as the four-door A5 Sportback and the hotter S variants of all three. Mechanically, there wont be anything new. The A5 models turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines still make 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque and come paired... [read more]

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The BMW i8 Goes Out of Production Soon, But The Story Doesnt End There

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
The BMW i8 has become known as many things. BMW marketed it as a Porsche 911 rival. Some claimed it was the evolution of the BMW brand and a representation of what the future holds. Others hated it with a passion because it just didnt lineup with every other BMW on the market. Regardless of how you look at the i8, one this is for sure, its not going to matter for much longer if the latest reports hold true... [read more]

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A Short Film Starring an E30-Gen BMW M3 Reminds Us How Therapeutic Driving Can Be

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
The E30 BMW M3 is one of the most memorable and iconic cars to every come out of BMWs stable. It was one of those times when an automaker managed to get everything right from design, to performance, luxury, and everything in between. The E30 M3 was, without a doubt, an absolute blast to drive to the point thats it practically therapeutic. And, thats where this short film, titled The Interview comes into play. I dont want to and spoil... [read more]

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A Short Film Staring an E30-Gen BMW M3 Reminds Us How Therapeutic Driving Can Be

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
The E30 BMW M3 is one of the most memorable and iconic cars to every come out of BMWs stable. It was one of those times when an automaker managed to get everything right from design, to performance, luxury, and everything in between. The E30 M3 was, without a doubt, an absolute blast to drive to the point thats it practically therapeutic. And, thats where this short film, titled The Interview comes into play. I dont want to and spoil... [read more]

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A Short Film Staring an E30-Gen BMW M3 Reminds Us Therapeutic Driving Can Be

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
The E30 BMW M3 is one of the most memorable and iconic cars to every come out of BMWs stable. It was one of those times when an automaker managed to get everything right from design, to performance, luxury, and everything in between. The E30 M3 was, without a doubt, an absolute blast to drive to the point thats it practically therapeutic. And, thats where this short film, titled The Interview comes into play. I dont want to and spoil... [read more]

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Tesla CybertruckDid Top Gear Do It First?

Head to the MotorTrend App and check out Season 14, Episode 2 of Top Gear to see if the guys should be credited with the Tesla Cybertruck design! Sign up to the MotorTrend App while the deal of the year is still going on ! Looking at the design of the polarizing marketing sensation/flop that is the Tesla Cybertruck and cross-referencing it with the memes of the interwebs, youll discover a common consensus: a toddler designed it. Thats not to... [read more]

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The New Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS 4.0 Are Here to Please Purists

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
Gone is the 2.5-liter flat-four that motivated the previous-gen 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS.The new 718 duo adds the 4.0 badge and with it, a naturally-aspirated flat-six mill thats bound to tickle the fancy for a lot of Porsche purists. Whats more, the 4.0-liter engine is the exact same one currently found in the Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4, but its been detuned a little. Oh, and according to Autoblog3, the four-cylinder-powered models will be retired after... [read more]

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Might This New-Concept Rotary Range Extender Fly?

Turbine cars seemed inevitable in 1963, when 50 Chrysler Turbine demonstrators hit the streets. Low parts count, reduced maintenance, and absolute smoothness were the selling points, but by 1979 efficiency and emissions woes scuppered the automotive turbine. Now, micro-turbine range extenders like those in Jaguars C-X75 and Mitsubishis MI-Tech concepts are beginning to hit the road. Whats more, theres a new patent-pending rotary-engine concept that promises to combine turbine- and piston-engine advantages for even greater efficiency and lower emissions. In... [read more]

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2020 Mazda CX-30 vs. 2020 Hyundai Kona: Which One Should You Buy?

Automakers crank out subcompact crossovers by the bushel, but you cant accuse them of copying each other. Proof: the Mazda CX-30 and Hyundai Kona . Although similar in price and size, each offers distinct performance and attributes that successfully position it against the other. There are plenty of reasons to choose one over the otherhere are five for each. Get the Mazda CX-30 for A luxurious ambiance : Belying its price point, the CX-30 does an excellent impression of a... [read more]

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Are Jeep Wranglers Safe? We Look at the Test Results

The Jeep Wrangler is unmistakably cool, but is it safe in an accident? It does things no other SUV can do, but does that make a difference in whether or not its safe? We took a look at all the available safety information to give you an answer. All new vehicles must comply with mountains of safety regulations before they can be put on sale, but that doesnt mean all vehicles are equally safe. Different designs and different types of... [read more]

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The SCG 003S Will Come to the New York Auto Show With "320 Changes"

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
Lets be frank for a moment Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus isnt exactly an automaker than anyone talks much about. Its classified as a low volume automaker, but thats probably only because there isnt a smaller designation. Since the summer of 2017, when the company started building the 003S,it has produced just two customer examples and is currently working on the third. Its not exactly a groundbreaking number. Be that as it may, it was just announced that the SCG003S is going... [read more]

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2020 Honda Civic Si Sedan First Test: I Almost Love It

Were big fans of the Honda Civic ; theres no use trying to hide that. Even competing against sparkly new redesigns of the Toyota Corolla and Mazda3 in a recent compact sedan comparison , the three-year-old Civic came out on top. We also thoroughly enjoyed our year-long loan with a Civic Type R , which stole first place in a hardcore hatchback comparo against a Subaru WRX STI Type RA, Volkswagen Golf R, and Ford Focus RS. Theres still plenty... [read more]

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Hot Rod Galahads!

This film was posted here nearly 10 years ago, so seems like it's the right time to bring this gem back up Hot Rod Galahads' is worth the... continue reading

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This Supercharged 2JZ-Swapped Toyota 86 Is Your Personal Burnout Jesus

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
Before the new Supra arrived, Toyotas solely purpose-built sports car was the 86 (or GT86 or FT86 or Subaru BRZ or Scion FR-S, if you wish). In the U.S., the 2020 86 makes 200 or 205 horsepower and 151 or 156 pound-feet of torque depending on which gearbox you pick, so while its not oozing power, the 86 has other aces up its sleeves. For example, the 86 is agile and overall a hoot to drive but, for some, a... [read more]

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It's Great To Be Back

By Nordstroms Automotive inc.
Russ is back and the guys are thrilled! Press "Play" below to listen to this episode

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