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Patent Hints at New Mazda RX-9, But Dont Hold Your Breath

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
New rumors about an upcoming Mazda RX-9 have surfaced online recently. Its not the first time that a potential successor for the RX-8 has been discussed and anticipated on the internet, so were taking everything with a pinch of salt for the time being - Something we advise you to do as well. However, a fresh report claims that Mazda has been making some moves that suggest the RX-9 might actually not be a soap opera, but something the Japanese... [read more]

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Think Driving Nannies Are Bad Now? Toyota Wants to Tell You When You Can and Cannot Drive

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
Driving nannies are already starting to get a little ridiculous. If you try to take a turn too quickly, your cars advanced stability control system may automatically apply the brakes and keep you in check. Perhaps the car doesnt think you brake soon enough, so it brakes for you hell, there are even situations where autonomous braking systems have been accused of braking for no reason. What if your car could evaluate your driving skills and determine what youre able... [read more]

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Sorry Ford, But Hertz Is Having A New Love Affair with The Chevy Camaro SS and Camaro ZL1

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
Hertz has had a love affair with the Ford Mustang, offering up numerous special editions for rental but now it looks like the Chevy Camaro will get its chance in the spotlight wearing the classic black and yellow livery usually only reserved for H-badged, Hertz-exclusive Mustangs. Is there anything special about these Camaro rentals outside of their somewhat-unique livery? Well, maybe just a little

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If You Need a Good Excuse to Buy a New Mercedes This is the Best Youll Ever Get

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
We all know that the future of cars is bound to eventually become electric at least thats the way it seems as the world turns now. Theres no telling whats going to happen down the road, but heres one thing we do know: Mercedes-Benz wont be selling gas-powered vehicles for much longer. Yup; you read that right a brand synonymous with high-performance and luxury cars will, at some point in the relatively near future, be restricted to EVs only. So... [read more]

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Someone Is Preparing a Widebody Toyota Supra For SEMA and We Cant Get Enough of It

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
The new Toyota Supra has been one of the most hyped-up new cars to hit the market in recent years, for various reasons. One of them has to do with its legacy and the huge popularity of the 2JZ-powered fourth-generation Supra and the entire cult that surrounded the Japanese sports car. Another reason is the partnership between Toyota and BMW, whose fruits are the said 2020 Supra and its cousin, the new BMW Z4. The third argument, which also happens... [read more]

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If Your Car Has a Hemi, Its About to Be Stolen

You know an org thats called the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute is likely equivalent to Debbie Downer arriving at your dinner partytheres probably not going to be a lot of fun talk forthcoming. In this case, its the most stolen vehicles list. As it turns out, the chart-toppers were the Dodge Charger Hemi and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Both vehicles have claim rates for whole-vehicle theft that are more than five times the average for... [read more]

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Jessi Combs Honored With Special Exhibit at Petersen Automotive Museum

Exhibit will feature memorabilia including her various awards The Petersen Automotive Museum has created a special exhibit honoring Jessi Combs, the fastest woman on four wheels. Opening September 22, the exhibit will feature several of her motorcycles, her accolades including Baja and Great Race medals, personal notebooks, original Chip Foose drawings from her tenure on Overhaulin , and other memorabilia highlighting her career as a fabricator, racer, and TV personality. Combs tragically passed away on August 27 while attempting a... [read more]

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Theres More Than Meets The Eye in This Teaser for the 2020 Nissan Titan

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
The Nissan Titan was introduced to the market in late 2003 after four years of development and being previewed by the 2001 Alpha T concept. That generation ran a remarkable 12 years before Nissan introduced the second-generation model for the 2016 model year. The pickup segment is much hotter than it once was, and Nissan isnt taking any chances. Thats why were looking at the teaser you see here. Not only does it preview a sizeable facelift for the 2020... [read more]

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A Win for the Little Guys

When it comes to hot rodding, I always root for the little guy. You know how it is, minimal budget, big dreams and more guts than anyone else... continue reading

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Ford Mustang GT

By info@topspeed.com (Philippe Daix)
The Ford Mustang has a rich history that dates all the way back to the 1962 Ford Mustang I two-seater concept. It wasnt until mid-1964 that it was introduced in production form (just two weeks after Plymouth introduced the first Barracuda) and has been in production ever since, with the sixth-generation model, the model you see here, being introduced in 2015. For one reason or another, we havent had a chance to get our hands on a sixth-gen model, but... [read more]

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2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Turbo High Performance Package First Drive

If youre a luddite who insists a pony car must have eight atmospheric cylinders, stop reading now. Otherwise, if you enjoy front-engine, rear-drive fun regardless of whats under the hood, let me tell you about the Ford Mustang EcoBoost Turbo High Performance Package. What started as a weekend project among some of Ford Performances biggest Mustang geeks evolved into a sport-focused production car meant to bring a unique experience to the historic nameplate. Using a decommissioned Focus RS test engine... [read more]

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Ford Takes a Page Out of Jeeps Playbook; Will Launch the 2020 Bronco With Tons of Accessories Available

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
The return of the Ford Bronco is a big deal to everyone who has fond memories of the nameplate. Turns out, eager-beaver customers arent the only ones gearing up for the Broncos arrival in 2021. Aftermarket company and longtime Ford running mate Yakima is already hard at work developing post-production bits and accessories for the returning off-roader. It may seem strange that a company existing outside of the Blue Oval umbrella already has access to something as important as the... [read more]

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Is the 2019 Honda Insight the Safest Hybrid on the Road?

According to the two leading American organizations that evaluate vehicle safety, the 2019 Honda Insight is one of the safest hybrids on the road. In fact, Insight is one of the safest small cars you can buy: It received a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) as well as the coveted Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). This means the 2019 Honda Insight successfully protects occupants... [read more]

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Cool Quirks About The New Ferrari 812 GTS

By info@topspeed.com (Safet Satara)
Just a day after the first Ferrari F1 Scuderia win at Monza since 2010, the Maranello-based car producer revealed two astonishing open-top cars. The elite of the world got a chance to buy, or the hope they'll be able to buy the V-12 powered 812 GTS and the F8 Spider. Interestingly enough, the F8, as a mid-engine, V-8 powered Spider captures the essence of Ferrari's future. On the other hand, the 812 GTS, as the first production V-12 powered, front-engined... [read more]

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Testing the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and 4 Other Super SUVs Near Area 51!

The day has finally come. The call to Storm Area 51 on September 20 started out as an Internet joke but has inspired hundreds of people to actually drive out to the area surrounding the top-secret Nevada militarybase in search of alien lifeor at least a good party. We strongly recommend that you don't storm Area 51 if you want to stay out of jail, but all this Alienstock hype brings back fond memories from this 2018 comparison test, when... [read more]

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Koenigsegg Agera XS Test Drive Video: Almost 1,400 HP Would Leave You Speechless, Too

--> In the grand scheme of automotive history, Koenigsegg hasnt been around for very long. Founded in 1994 by Christian von Koenigsegg, its mission has been simple: make some of the fastest, most ferocious cars the world has ever seen. The company first gained mass attention when Jeremy Clarkson called the CCX the scariest car in the world, and the Stig subsequently crashed it during its hot lap. Since then, ever more powerful variants have left the production facility, which... [read more]

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Vin Diesel Gives Us a Sneak Peak at the Dodge Charger from Fast 9

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
Fast & Furious 9 is hitting theaters on May 20, 2020. Thats literally eight months from today. At this point, the production of the movie is in full swing its now in its 13th week and, according to a video posted by Vin Diesel on his Instagram account, it appears that we should brace ourselves for a #202020 hashtag at some point in the movies publicity tour. After all, the franchise will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year, so the... [read more]

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This is the Emperor of Japans New Toyota Century Convertible

On April 30 of this year, Japanese Emperor Akihito became the first Japanese royal in 200 years to abdicate his throne. He cited his poor health as the reason for the transition. His departure also meant the end of the Heisei Era of Japanese Emperors. The official transfer of power happened on May 1, but the coronation ceremony is yet to take place. That will happen on October 22, and the event will welcome envoys and dignitaries from more than... [read more]

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These Retro Camper Trailers Are Just the Freaking Cutest

If retro camping in an Airstreamappeals to you , you'regonna love Barefoot Caravans. These super cool, egg-like pods hail from the U.K. and are expected to go on sale in the U.S. in 2020 through trailer and camper builder nuCamp RV. They've been available since 2015 and feature a fiberglass monocoque body on a steel chassis, and they include features such as a full bathroom with a shower, a kitchen, solid oak countertops, a fridge with freezer, and an audio... [read more]

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2021 BMW M2 CS - Everything We Know So Far

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
The feisty BMW M2 has come a long way, but it hasnt reached its hottest iteration just yet. The BMW M2 CS has been surrounded by a thick layer of rumors over the past few months, which hinted that an official debut might be in sight. Little did we know. The 2021 BMW M2 CS is, indeed, happening, so were not chasing unicorns here. However, fresh details have surfaced on BMWs yet-to-arrive go-fast car and boy oh boy, its coming... [read more]

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Rivian Electric Commercial Van Will Soon Deliver Your Amazon Packages

Tesla s Semi may have picked up quite a few early customers , but EV startup Rivian has just secured a massive order from Amazon. The e-commerce giant has requested 100,000 units of the just-revealed Rivian electric delivery van, and it wont be very long before we see them on the road. Rivians electric commercial vans will begin delivering packages to customers in 2021, Amazon said in a statement. The company aims to have 10,000 copies of the vehicles on... [read more]

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What In the Name of Weird and Pointless Concepts Is Mitsubishi Planning for the Tokyo Motor Show?

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
Mitsubishi is no stranger to swinging for the fences with its concept vehicles. Perhaps it comes with being a middling automaker thats looking to attract as much attention as it possibly can. Or maybe Mitsubishis designers decided to lock themselves in a hotbox as they giggled their way into creating the companys latest concept vehicle. Either way, the automakers newest concept offering it predictably doesnt have a name yet is one or the other, maybe even a combination of both... [read more]

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Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Video: Touring Miami in a Crazy-Fast Convertible

--> Jonny Lieberman cruises Miamione of the worlds premier supercar citiesin one of the worlds premier supercars. That would be the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse . With its 8.0-liter quad-turbo W-16 engine making an awesome 1,200 hp and 1,100 lb-ft of torque, the 2015 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse takes top-down cruising to another level. Its top speed of 233 mph makes the Bugatti Veyron one of the fastest vehicles ever produced even four years after production ended. Its... [read more]

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Mercedes is Cooking Up Something Big for the Next-Gen 2021 AMG GT Sports Car

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
AMG has yet to waste a single second when it comes to the GT sports car. It was introduced back in 2015 and, in that same year, we were also introduced to the GT S. Two years later, in 2017, AMG presented the GT c and GT 4, followed by the GT and GT C roadsters later on in that year, with 2018 being the introductory year for the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe. It seemed like the onslaught would never... [read more]

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The Mighty Thunderbird of Goodwood

Ok, one last post about the Goodwood Revival and then I'll shut up for another year about it. Actually this one happened at the 2017 event, but it's... continue reading

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These Ford Ranger and F-150 Leveling Kits Are Your Ticket to Ride Off-Road

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
When Mopar said that Jeep Gladiator owners spend on an average roughly $1,000 on accessories for their cars, Ford listened. It also took note that most of those parts comprise of lift kits and rock rails, so it complied. Thats why today we can tell you more about the lift kits and tuned suspension setups Ford Performance has just introduced for the Ford Ranger and Ford F-150 pickup trucks.

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Opel Grandland X Hybrid4

By info@topspeed.com (Ciprian Florea)
The Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 is the hybrid version of the Grandland X, a compact crossover than the German firm introduced in 2017 as a replacement for the Antara. It's also the firm's first hybrid vehicle. The Grandland X Hybrid4 features a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine and two electric motors. The total output almost hits 300 horsepower. One of the first models launched by Opel following the takeover by the PSA Group, the Grandland X shares many underpinnings with the... [read more]

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2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Review: Why Its the Best Way to Escape

Quicker isnt always better: With the new 2020 Ford Escape , one of the slower trims is also one of its best. Dont get too excited, though, as the 2020 Escape Hybrid comes with a couple big asterisksfor now. With the tall C-Max hatch gone, the 2020 Escape Hybrid has a special surprise for compact crossover customers craving something a little different. As the Toyota RAV4 Hybrids only direct competitor until the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid arrives, we tested the... [read more]

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The BMW i3 Will Die a Slow Painful Death Because Its The Black Sheep of the Family

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
The BMW i3 always stood out from the rest of BMWs premium lineup. Its Bimmers first-ever fully electric vehicle and six years after it was introduced, the i3 still draws a lot of attention, thanks in large part to its quirky styling, electric powertrain, and a surprisingly spacious interior. The i3 served a purpose when it was launched in 2013. It was BMWs first foray into battery electric vehicles and it was intended to gauge customer interest in electric cars... [read more]

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Top 10 Affordable Sports Cars Under $40,000

With the definition of a sports car now including everything from convertibles and coupes to more practical sedans and hatchbacks, there are more vehicles to choose from than ever. Even if youre on a budget, you can satisfy your speed fix with an exciting vehicle thatll provide thrills at every corner. Here are 10 affordable sports cars under $40,000. And if you're specifically looking for sedans, check this out: 11 Sporty Sedans Under $40,000 2019 Honda Civic Type R $37,230... [read more]

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Swan Song: The Porsche 911 GT3 Celebrates 20 Years Reference Mark

Typically, when a vehicle comes to the end of its five- to seven-year production cycle, folks are relieved to see it go. With dated styling and obsolete technology, it is almost archaic in its form and function. Theres rarely celebration for the last car off the line. That counts double for most sports cars, whose actual lifespan typically lasts a mere 18 months before competitors shave its lap time record and designers create something even more outlandish upon which well-heeled... [read more]

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2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Review: Retro to the Bone

Sports cars tend to go the longest between redesigns because they sell in such low volumes that it takes forever to amortize the tooling and development costs. The venerable Nissan 370Z , for example, was new in 2009 and hasnt seen much updating. If Im honest, I was slightly surprised that Nissan still sells the car when this 2020 370Z 50 th Anniversary special edition arrived in our weekly fleet. As we noted during its New York Auto Show debut... [read more]

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8 Enthusiast Friendly Family Cars

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
Is there a performance car that doubles as a family car, and vice versa? Its a tricky question to ask given that its usually one or the other. A performance car doesnt make for a good family car. On the flip side, family cars arent exactly brimming with performance capabilities. Thinking along those lines has become a popular narrative over the years, but its also the wrong narrative. There are performance cars that make for good family cars, and you... [read more]

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Theres Lots of Porsche Goodness in the "Bad Boys for Life" Trailer, and Martin Lawrence Has Spent a Lot of Time in The Kitchen

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
Its hard to believe that its been 16 years since we last saw Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in a Bad Boys movie, but thats exactly how long its been. Mercifully, the long wait for the threequel is about to end now that the trailer for the third movie in the franchise, Bad Boys For Life, has finally dropped. Its a typical Bad Boys film in that theres plenty of action, explosives, dry humor, and Smith and Lawrence busting on... [read more]

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2019 Tesla Model 3 Earns Top Safety Pick+ Rating From IIHS

As we wait for the Tesla Model S to record a Nrburgring lap time , theres news about the smaller Model 3. The 2019 Tesla Model 3 has been named a Top Safety Pick+, IIHS announced today. This is Tesla s first safety award from the agency. The Tesla Model 3 earned Good safety ratings in all crash test categories. It also earned top marks in the difficult headlight evaluation, as well as a Superior rating in front crash prevention... [read more]

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Car for Sale: a 2012 Bugatti Veyron for $128,000 - Better Look Twice

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
How badly do you want to own a Bugatti Veyron? Do you want one bad enough that youre willing to spend $125,000 to $128,000 for a Veyron that really isnt a Veyron, but looks like a Veyron? If your answer is yes, then you should go take a look at this 2012 Bugatti Veyron thats up on sale at Car Export America. Before you start tripping over yourselves rushing to buy this unique Veyron, you need to know that this... [read more]

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Lamborghini Sian FKP 37

By info@topspeed.com (Ciprian Florea)
The 2020 Lamborghini Sian is a hybrid supercar that the Italian firm unveiled ahead of the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. Powered by a V-12 gasoline engine and an electric motor, the Sian is Lambo's first mass-produced hybrid. However, the supercar is limited to only 63 units, so it's actually a preview of things to come, like an electrified successor to the Aventador. Design-wise, the Sian stands on its own by combining a new design language with styling cues inspired by... [read more]

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2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Test Drive Video: Revisiting the 612-HP Widowmaker

--> Weve already established that the modern 991-generation Porsche 911 GT2 RS is an absolute monster. Its only one hundredth of a second slower than the fastest car ever to lap our figure-eight (the $986,000 McLaren Senna ) and its captured more than a few lap records at racetracks around the country. But lets not forget, the generation before the 991, model code 997, had an ass-kicking twin-turbocharged animal of its own. The 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, appropriately nicknamed... [read more]

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Ford Performance Offers Off-Road Lift Kit for 2019 Ford Ranger and F-150

Trucks are the best-selling vehicles in America, and the Ford F-150 has been king of the hill for some time now. Its baby brother, the Ranger , was recently reintroduced to the North American market. Now, Ford is looking to beef up the off-roading credentials of its non-Raptor F-150 and Ranger. For the first time ever, Ford Performance is offering lift kits on 4WD Ford Ranger and Ford F-150 models. The new Performance Off-Road Leveling Kit With Tuned Suspension essentially... [read more]

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Hobbs And Shaw Movie Shows Off Supercars And Destroy A Few

By Nordstroms Automotive Inc.
Movies are a great place to see awesome cars but sometimes we cry when we see them destroyed. Press "Play" below to listen to this episode

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The Lamborghini Aventadors Successor Wont Have the Sians Supercapacitor Tech But It Will Have Something Special

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
Launched at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Lamborghini Sian ticked a lot of boxes for SantAgata Bolognese. Its the fastest Lambo ever made and also the first hybrid car to wear the raging bull logo, but it wont pass on its technology to the upcoming Aventador replacement. The Lamborghini Sian - renamed to Sian FKP 37 to honor the memory of Ferdinand K. Piech - is the first car to employ a supercapacitor system instead of the run-of-the-mill Lithium-ion... [read more]

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2020 Honda CR-V First Look: Hybrid at Last

After the world got its first look at the fifth-gen Honda CR-V Hybrid at the 2017 Shanghai auto show, Japanese and European buyers have been tooling around in them for quite a while now. Starting in spring 2020, U.S. buyers will get a chance to own an Americanized hybrid version of this (retail) sales-leading crossover. The 2020 Honda CR-V hybrid system well get is essentially this same Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (iMMD) two-motor e-CVT powertrain found in the Euro CR-V and... [read more]

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Jessi Combs Honored With Special Exhibit at Petersen Automotive Museum

The Petersen Automotive Museum has created a special exhibit honoring Jessi Combs, the fastest woman on four wheels. Opening September 22, the exhibit will feature several of her motorcycles, her accolades including Baja and Great Race medals, personal notebooks, original Chip Foose drawings from her tenure on Overhaulin , and other memorabilia highlighting her career as a fabricator, racer, and TV personality. Combs tragically passed away on August 27 while attempting a new land-speed record. She was drivingthe North American... [read more]

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Most Valuable Movie Cars on the Planet

Cars featured in movies are arguably just asif not morefamous than the celebrity actors using them as props. Hidden defense mechanisms, incredible stunts, or simply an actor gracing the vintage vinyl with the back of their suit is enough to garner infamy. Those factors also contribute to sky-high collector prices, as illustrated in a recently published study from CompareTheMarket.com . They compared the prices of 10 iconic film cars when new to their value now, and as you can imagine... [read more]

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The Potential Engine Choices For the 2022 Ferrari Pursangue Will Blow Your Mind

By info@topspeed.com (Safet Satara)
Ferrari is in a bit of a sauce. It has to persuade the market and its loyal fans that the SUV is a good thing and that n/a engine is not. That is like persuading Americans that socialism works. Not impossible, but tough. And expensive. So much so that Ferrari already had to announce that the Purosangue won't be a classic SUV (I don't know how Ferrari can reinvent the wheel, but let's see). Plus, it will probably feature a... [read more]

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GM/UAW Strike: Will the Strike Save the Cadillac CT6?

General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck and Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plants are reportedly in play as part of the ongoing contract negotiations between GM and the United Auto Workers union, whose roughly 49,000 members nationwide went on strike against the automaker at just after midnight Monday morning. Its a development that offers a glimmer of hope for one of GMs better cars, the Cadillac CT6 , which has been slated to be discontinued. GM has been in the process of winding down the... [read more]

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The Tesla Model S Plaid May Have Beaten the Taycan Around the Nurburgring

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
Elon Musk has had a tooth to pick with Porsche and more specifically the Taycan EV ever since before Stuttgarts first-ever electric sports had the chance to make its online debut. But now, the battle has moved to the Nurburgring, where a heavily-modded Tesla Model S reportedly beat the Taycans (which was a pre-production prototype, to be clear) lap time set earlier this summer.

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