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Hows This For a Ferrari LaFerrari Successor?

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
With Geneva knocking at the door, we cant help but look back at the 2013 edition of the words largest motor show, which say Ferrari introduced the game-changing LaFerrari. The thing is, though, the LaFerrari is a bit long in the tooth right now and in dire need of a worthy successor. No, dont jump for joy just yet, Ferrari hasnt laid out any plans of launching such a hypercar, but theres one designer that let his creative juices to... [read more]

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2020 Toyota Yaris XLE Hatchback First Test: More Than Expected

Theres a long list of subcompact cars disappearing from the U.S. market this year. Despite declining sales, the 2020 Toyota Yaris presses on, essentially a rebadged version of the Mazda2 thats not sold here. In a segment that breeds low expectations, the Yaris left us pleasantly surprised after a week. With average new-vehicle transaction prices topping $36,000, its refreshing to know you can still get a well-equipped car for under $20,000. The 2020 Toyota Yaris LE hatchback is priced from... [read more]

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2020 Kia Telluride S Long-Term Update 1: SX Appeal

If youre in the market for a three-row SUV, the Kia Telluride should be on your list. From its victory in our SUV of the Year competition to more recent comparison test wins , it has thus far retained its place on top. What makes the Telluride such a powerhouse? Everything. When youre doing battle in one of the most contested automotive segments, you cant be a one-trick pony. From its exterior styling to its interior fit and finish to... [read more]

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2021 Volksagen Golf GTI,GTD, and GTE - What You Need to Know

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
Volkswagen took the time to reveal the new Volkswagen Golf GTI, GTD, and GTE before their official debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. Surely, customers have no reason to complain should they want to get a more performance-focused Golf, because VW is offering a hybrid, a gasoline, and a diesel model as alternatives to various preferences or needs.

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The Kansas City Timing Association Drag Footage!

I'm probably a little obsessed with the KCTA, largely in part because Kansas City is my hometown, my late father drag raced in the early 60s, and it's... continue reading

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The AMB001 Aston Martin x Brough Superior is an Automotive Art Piece

Dubbed The Motorcycle of Dreams, British independent manufacturer of luxury sports cars and grand tourers, Aston Martin teams up with Brough Superior motorcycles in the most iconic collaboration yet. Unveiled on 5 th November 2019, at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, the state-of-the-art AMB001 is not only high-tech, but highly exclusive with a production of only 100 examples. The AMB001 Aston Martin x Brough Superior is an Automotive Art Piece Regarded an automotive art piece for the motorbike connoisseur... [read more]

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2021 Volkswagen Golf GTD and GTE Are the GTIs You Probably Don't Want and Can't Have

Good news: Volkswagen is sending the all-new sporty eighth-generation Golf GTI to America. The probably not-so-bad news to everyone but a handful of edge cases who'd want to see a more fuel-economy-minded GTI? Volkswagen has no plans to bring the newest GTD and GTE versions of the GTI to America. This is hardly a surprise, given the previous iterations of the GTD diesel and GTE plug-in, gasoline-electric hybrid hot hatches weren't sold in the United States, either. What might those... [read more]

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Previously Weak Subaru Crosstrek Getting a More Powerful Engine, Report Says

Subaru fans and reviewers like us have been asking the automaker for a more powerful Crosstrek for some time, and now were all finally getting our wish. A new 2.5-liter engine will be made available on the subcompact crossover this year, according to Subaru of America CEO Tom Doll, and it will be relegated to upper trim levels. The just-adequate 2.0-liter flat-four engine that, until now, has powered every Crosstrek model, will remain standard. The news came as Doll was... [read more]

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Hoodie Automotive Trips Down Memory Lane

By Nordstroms Automotive inc.
Shannon says Whip it but the listener has something different in mind. Press "Play" below to listen to this episode

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2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI MkVIII Keeps Its Manual Gearbox, Plaid Seats, and Soul

Despite Volkswagen s harried push toward electrification, the automaker is letting one key sleeping dog in its stable lie: The iconic Golf GTI . The all-new MkVIII GTI hot hatchback arrives for 2021 with its tried-and-true turbocharged four-cylinder engine, standard manual transmission, and available tartan plaid seats in place. The closest VW gets to electrifying the GTI formula is the updated European-market GTE gasoline-electric hybrid. American hot-hatch fans neednt concern themselves with that dog, though. Whats New, GTI? Other than... [read more]

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2021 Ford Bronco Engine and Specifications

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
The Ford Bronco is all an off-road enthusiast can talk about these days. There is a lot of news out there about it that have given us enough detail to speculate and talk about. Recently, we learned that the 2021 Bronco will be launched much earlier than the expected date. We also got to know that it will come with 150 accessories at launch. Now, theres news surrounding its drivetrain options. According to Ford Authority, the 2021 Bronco will be... [read more]

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NTSB Chairman Has Scathing Words for Tesla's Autopilot System and Those Who Misuse It

The National Transportation Safety Boards chairman, Robert L. Sumwalt, put Tesla on notice in his opening statement during an open session meeting on the Mountain Valley, California crash of a Tesla Model X that resulted in the death of the driver, Walter Huang. The top NTSB official made clear he believes Tesla isn't doing enough to inform customers of its Autopilot driver assistance feature's limitations, and that customers need to be vigilant in their use of such driver aids. You... [read more]

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Hyundai Elantra GT Hatch Might Soon Get Tangier, If the Updated Euro-Market i30 Is Any Indication

The European-market Hyundai i30 has gone under the knife and sports fresh new looks that likely preview what's soon to come for the North Americanmarket Elantra GT hatchback. Keep in mind, the Elantra GT is a slightly different car from the Elantra sedan, and is sourced from Hyundai 's European lineup where it goes up against the likes of more premium small cars such as the Volkswagen Golf . The refreshed version of the Elantra GT's i30 Euro twin is... [read more]

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2021 Aston Martin DB11 Shadow Edition: Like Many Popular Night' Editions, Only More Expensive

Meet the 2021 Aston Martin DB11 Shadow Edition , a black-trim variant of Astons two-door grand touring coupe and convertible that, sadly, is not an ode to our neighbors very-good dog named Shadow. Like our K9 pal of the same name, the DB11 Shadow Edition is a mean-looking son-of-a-gun thats also a total sweetheart. With its black-painted grille, 20-inch wheels, and badging, the Shadow Edition bits add an extra hint of aggression to the DB11's svelte bodywork. The dark theme... [read more]

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Youd Think the Jeep Trackhawk Could Destroy the Stelvio QV in a Drag Race

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
As much as we would have liked to see the likes of Dodge Durango SRT and Maserati Levante Trofeo join in on this drag race, well have to settle for FCAs other two high-performance SUVs. Which is not that bad, considering that what youe about to see is a straight-line skirmish between the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV.

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Next Subaru WRX STI Could Get 400 Horsepower and AMG Inspiration

While the regular Subaru Impreza and other members of the Subie lineup switched to the new Subaru Global Platform four years ago, the higher-performance WRX and WRX STI versions of the Impreza have yet to follow suit. They're still based on the previous-generation Impreza models. If a new report from Forbes is accurate, however, that might finally be changing, thanks to a new engine being developed for the next STI capable of delivering 400 horsepower and 361 lb-ft of torque... [read more]

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Audi RS6 Avant

By info@topspeed.com (Ciprian Florea)
The 2020 Audi RS6 Avant is the range-topping version of Audi's midsize wagon, the A6 Avant. Arguably the most iconic RS model, the RS6 Avant returns with a brand-new exterior and is more powerful than ever. Unlike its predecessor, it's no longer entirely based on the A6, as it borrows front fascia elements from the A7 and the R8. The 2020 RS6 Avant is also the first of its kind to feature a hybrid drivetrain thanks to a 48-volt system... [read more]

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Saleen 1 Cup Car Track Drive: Experiencing the Newest One-Make Racing Series

Lets go to K1 Speed! somebody says. I wince. A 40-year career of road testing doesnt leave you many excuses for second place. But there I am, an hour later in a wheel-to-wheel dogfight with a random 15-year-old kid, trading fastest lap punches. A single K1 race like that costs $22.95. And like munching a single Lays potato chip, it triggers a chain-reaction race-repeat-race reflex thatll only end with a call from the bank asking whats going on. Now, scale... [read more]

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Thrifty Rides: The Cheapest New Sedans for 2020

You dont need to spend a lot of money to get a car with a nice interior, the latest technologies, and solid performance. We already wrote about the cheapest new SUVs you can buy, and now were taking a look at the lowest-priced sedans on the market. Keep reading to learn about the cheapest new sedans available for the 2020 model year and which ones are worth the money. 2020 Toyota Corolla $20,555 The Honda Civic might be the benchmark... [read more]

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Will We Ever See an All-Electric Civic Type R from Honda?

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
Theres nothing we can say to further boost the Civics (and subsequently, the Type Rs) icon status among car nuts. But times are changing and with the current push for electrification, even such a revered moniker as the Type R is likely to adopt the trend sooner or later. Recent info in that direction comes from within Hondas official ranks. Apparently, there are folks over at Honda who believe in the possibility of an all-electric Type R-badged car, especially since... [read more]

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Perspectives On Print From Steve Coonan

I get asked quite a bit about the affiliation between The Jalopy Journal and The Rodder's Journal. Given all of the things we do together and the frequency... continue reading

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You Can Buy John Wick's 1969 Mustang Hitman faithfully replicated by Classic Recreations

The Ford Mustang might be have appeared on Instagram's top list of most grammed' car of 2018 but it's kinda odd that the unexpected hit phenomenon that has become of the John Wick movies has yet to catapult our titular character's beloved class car into the canons of best movie car lists. Perhaps it's the ubiquity of the vintage Mustang in Americana and even more recent films like the Fast & Furious series but how often is it that a... [read more]

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The 2021 Ford Bronco Will Get Over 150 Accessories at Launch

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
If theres any other vehicle today that enjoys the limelight as much as the Tesla Cybertruck, it's the Ford Bronco. Amidst all the whats-it-going-to-be-called and whens-it-launching news, a report from Automotive News claims that Ford will be offering over 150 accessories for the Bronco once it starts arriving at dealerships. What those accessories will be is unclear at this moment, but you can expect stuff like light bars and different roof configurations. Does this ring alarming bells for the Wrangler?

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The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 Remains Small, Ridiculously Powerful

Americas love affair with SUVs has sprouted ever more new models in every shape and size, and more than a few ultra-powerful performance models. Yet, the Venn Diagram of the SUV realms myriad size classes and its horsepower-crazed offerings isnt exactly an eclipseparticularly left out? Small SUVs, which generally are tepid and weak. Not the all-new 2021 Mercedes -AMG GLA 45, which builds on the original GLA 45 s micro-niche offering of insane power in a tiny, semi-tall package based... [read more]

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All-New Volkswagen Caddy Van Emerges With MQB Underpinnings

There are plenty of inclined surfaces on which to stake one's reputation, but here's a hill we'd die on: There aren't enough mini cargo vans for sale in the United States. There, we said it. Sure, we get the ho-hum Ford Transit Connect , the okay Ram ProMaster City, and the spindly Nissan NV200 , but we need more of these compact cargo haulers and people movers on our shoresand better ones, too. Our #vanlife hunger knows few bounds, so... [read more]

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Micro Machines Returns with a Bang

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
One of the most popular toy car lines from the 1980s and 1990s is making a comeback. Its been a while since we last saw Micro Machines on toy shelves, but the once-popular line of toy cars and sets is returning for the first time in 12 years. The first play sets of the new Micro Machines are on display at the 2020 New York Toy Fair. Those who are interested in bringing back the nostalgic days of the 1990s... [read more]

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456-HP Plug-In Hybrid Volkswagen Touareg R Outmuscles the Bentley It Shares Bits With

Volkswagen s R performance brand, the same one churning out the hottest Golfs you can buy, continues to growjust not in the United States. The foreign-market R family is growing by way of a 456-hp, gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid version of the Touaregcrossover SUV . Yes, that Touareg, the luxurious one VW stopped selling here in 2017 because of painfully slow sales. So, while the U.S. continues to get but just one full-blown R performance model in the form of the... [read more]

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Volkswagen Has a Battery Secret That Has Sports Car Written All Over It

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
If the recent rumors hold any truth, the audacious VW ID.R all-electric racer did serve a higher purpose than it was initially thought. It will lend a hand in developing the next-generation all-electric sports cars that VW plans to deliver by 2025. Mind you, the said sports cars will only inherit a fraction of the ID.Rs mad performance potential - most likely in the form of e-motor technology and perhaps battery know-how, but that should make them less capable on... [read more]

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French and Luxurious DS 9 Appears Ready to Take on Mercedes E-Class, Audi A6

Feast your eyes on this forbidden fruit, Americans: French automaker DS is getting ready to debut a luxurious plug-in hybrid sedan at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show and no, you can't have it. The mid-size DS squares up against the likes of Mercedes-Benz 's E-Class and Audi 's A6, but separates itself from both with its trio of available plug-in hybrid powertrains and French flair. While a traditional gas-powered model with 225 horsepower will be offered, it is joined by... [read more]

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First 2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door SUV Prototype Photos!

The 2021 Ford Bronco in any form is likely going to be an exciting thing to drive on muddy or rocky trails, but no question the smaller two-door model will be the best billy goat of the bunch. At long last, weve managed to snag photos of the new two-door Bronco testing, covered in camouflage; until now, weve only seen four-doors in the wild . This latest batch of spy shots has us all the more impatient to drive the... [read more]

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First Ride in the 1,200-HP Drako GTE EV

Valentino Balboni is smiling. This is a good car, the retired Lamborghini test driver says with a chuckle as he bends the million-dollar Drako GTE electric supersedan around a corner for the first time. Were hurtling around The Thermal Clubs North Palm Circuita track Balboni has never driven and in a car hes never driven. Were not going slowly. The first lap hes clearly feeling out the car, but by the third, hes really pushing it. As for the car... [read more]

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2020 Cadillac CT5-V First Drive: Fighting Assumptions

I believe I can be forgiven for my quite negative preconceived notions going into this drive. See, at our annual Car of the Year brouhaha, we drove the non-V version of the CT5 . We did not like it. It was one of the first cars we culled from the field, as I recall, and one that led to almost every judge muttering a version of, What is Cadillac thinking? Its not like were Cadillac haters, either. When the CTSone... [read more]

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Hear a Bunch of Twin-Turbo V-8s Flex Their Muscles

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
In a world where downsizing used to be shoved down our throats as a better alternative to higher displacement, the V-8 engine has managed to somehow survive but it is only doing so in the stratospheric blankets of the car realm. Carwows most recent drag race manages to bring together a quartet of V-8-powered monsters: youve got the Audi RS6, the BMW M5, the Mercedes-AMG E63, and of course, the Porsche Panamera. Interestingly enough, these are not your go-to supercars... [read more]

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Polestar Precept Is the Electric Four-Door of the Future

Once again, Polestar is taking aim at Tesla . The Volvo -owned car company has built a pure electric four-door grand tourer concept that shows off its new sustainable interior, latest digital interface, and eye-tracking technology. The Polestar Precept is making its official debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show . Polestar announced a plan for its future interiors to feature sustainable, lightweight materials, and now were seeing the first fruits of this labor. A flax-based natural fiber composite used... [read more]

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Bicester Heritage: One For the Classic Car Bucket List

Goodwood Festival of Speed. The British Motor Museum, Gaydon. Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb. A track day at Silverstone. Now you can add another quintessentially British automotive experience to your bucket list: The Bicester Scramble. The what? Think of it as a British version of Woodward Dream Cruise meets Monterey Car Week. Except this one happens four times a year and attracts more than 6,000 pre-1990 vehicles a time, ranging from classic British iron and iconic Italian supercars to Japanese rarities and... [read more]

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Is the Nissan Kicks the Ultimate City Commuter?

The 2018 Nissan Kicks has been living with the MotorTrend team for a year now, and weve found it to be an agreeable companion in the congested streets of Los Angeles. But is this subcompact SUV the ultimate commuter or the first vehicle in a brave new SUV world? Utilitarian Millennial Mobile Since its arrival, the Kicks immediately got my vote of approval because of how easy it is to live with. Need to haul a few things from Ikea... [read more]

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2021 Kia Seltos Pros and Cons: The Small SUV Has the Looks and Interior Space

The 2021 Kia Seltos is entering the small SUV segment with style, roominess and decent comfort features. The Seltos is Kia s newest SUV, slotting between the boxy Soul and sleek Sportage . We recently drove from San Antonio to Houston and spent a long weekend in Kias stylish new SUV, learning some of the pros and cons it has to offer. Pro: Bose Audio System Although its only available in the top-trim SX, the eight-speaker Bose audio system sounds... [read more]

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Honda Pilot vs. Ford Explorer: All-New 3-Row SUV Takes on a Segment Stalwart

Ford is adamant its new Explorer is worth a look for shoppers considering a new SUV, especially those interested in the Honda Pilot . One might think theyre right to assume their brand-spanking-new SUV is a proper contender for one of the class leaders. After all, the Pilot is nearly five years old, and the Explorer is just six months into its life cycle. But what Honda got right half a decade ago, Ford struggled with in the new Explorer... [read more]

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2022 Subaru WRX STI: Making the 2021 Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 Capable of 400 Horsepower

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
Weve learned a lot about the next-gen Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86. We know that a deal between both companies will make Subaru an affiliate company of Toyota and that the twins will switch over to Toyotas TNGA platform. More recently, we learned that they would both feature a turbocharged version of the Subaru Ascents 2.4-liter flat-four,, and thats a bigger deal than we thought. A new report says that the 2022 Subaru WRX STI will feature the same exact... [read more]

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Wooden Dreams: Playforever Toys.

I'm wrapping up from the weekend in New York for Toy Fair at the Javits Center. With the looming Coronavirus in China sending toy production into a tizzy,... continue reading

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Glickenhaus SCG 004C Spotted Testing, Looks Ready to Rumble

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
Previously seen only in computer-generated pictures, the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 004C race car finally appeared in public, and it looks every bit like the showstopper those CG images hinted at. The race-spec version of the 004 supercar was spotted performing some test runs at the Cremona Circuit in San Martino del Lago, Italy. Wearing nothing but naked carbon fiber panels, the 004C looked completely at home and in its element, racking up precious testing and development ahead of its competitive... [read more]

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Los Angeles-Based Czinger Teases The 21C 3D-Printed Hybrid Hypercar

Unveiled with a series of bold claims, the official detail release of the upcoming Czinger 21C hybrid hypercar threatens to put an entire industry of high-end performance vehicles to shame. Boasting unparalleled performance, the Los Angeles-based company teased its latest crowning glory ahead of schedule. Los Angeles-Based Czinger Teases The 21C 3D-Printed Hybrid Hypercar Set for an official global debut at the Geneva International Motor Show from 5 th to 15 th March 2020 and a press conference on 3... [read more]

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Quick, Buy This California-Legal, Canepa-Tuned Porsche 959, You Likely Won't See Another Like It

A rare Porsche 959 is set to hit the auction block during this years Amelia Island Concours. This all-wheel-drive Porsche super coupe is no ordinary 959, howeveras if any 959 could be described as ordinaryit is one of only a handful thats fully street-legal in California. Like all 959s, this one was never intended for the U.S. marketa key reason behind their not being entirely California regulationfriendly in the first placeand it was originally sold to German racer Bernd Schwebel... [read more]

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This Is What a $140,000, 220-HP 1983 Volkswagen GTI Looks Like

If youre a car enthusiast, chances are you probably like the Volkswagen Golf GTI or at least can respect its excellent performance-to-value ratio and everyday practicality. Full disclosure, this author owns and loves a MkVI examplebut also admits to being fully outdone by Derek Spratt, who in 2011 bought himself a MkI GTI and spent seven years, more than 12,000 hours, and roughly $140,000 turning it into what he calls the Ultimate '83 GT. That sure is a lot of... [read more]

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This Rare Italdesign AztecWait, What Even Is an Italdesign Aztec?

The Pontiac Aztek may go down in the annals of history as one of the least attractive new cars to ever reach production, but the Italdesign Aztec certainly wont. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro for the 1988 Turin Motor Show, the Aztec is a low-slung dual-canopy sports car that looks ripped right out of the world of Blade Runner. After its debut, a Japanese firm sought to turn Italdesigns concept into reality, because who would turn down the chance to own... [read more]

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Long-Discontinued Honda S2000 Getting Crowd-Sourced Factory Parts Catalog

The Honda S2000 has been out of production for a decade now, but the sports car's intensely loyal following has not faded away. Honda , recognizing how popular its S2000 remains even today, has decided it will roll out a parts catalog for it in Juneand it wants your help figuring out which parts to offer. So, if you own one of these gems or intend to pick up a used one sometime in the future, you'd better pay attention... [read more]

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It Took an Electric Car to Silence The McLaren 720S

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
The McLaren 720S has been instilling fear into every out-and-out supercar, muscle car, and sports car you can think of. It has more drag race wins under its belt than we can count and its arguably one of the most quick-accelerating cars on sale today. But it is no match for the audacious Volkswagen ID.R.

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Daytona 500 Photo Finishes 61 Years Apart: 1959 and 2020

The 62nd running of the Daytona 500 was held on February 16 and 17, 2020, finishing on Monday because of a rain delay. Denny Hamlin won NASCAR's opening race in what used to be calledbefore transponders and high-definition televisiona photo finish, crossing the line just 0.014 second ahead of Ryan Blaney, the second-closest margin of victory in the history of the race. In 1959, Lee Petty (No. 42) won in another photo finish, and HOT ROD s Ray Brock was... [read more]

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GM's Holden Brand Is Dead: Australia Loses Australias Own Car

Mark Reuss is widely credited for helping save Australias only indigenous auto marque when he served as president and managing director for Holden Limited from February 2008 to July 2009. Reuss returned to Michigan from Australia, just as parent General Motors was entering bankruptcy, and eventually was named the global corporations president. Eventually he brought over Australian designer Michael Simcoe, who in 2016 replaced Ed Welburn as GMs vice president of global design. It was the bankruptcy, and New GMs... [read more]

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Can You Drift in the Rolls-Royce Cullinan?

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
The Cullinan is the first-ever SUV that Rolls-Royce has produced. As is with all the cars from the marque, this, too, reeks of luxury from every corner. Other than the fantastic features, the luxury SUV also comes with a big V-12 engine with enough grunt to make everyone move out of its way. Although the engine specs and body style inspire enough confidence for you to make the Cullinan do hardcore things, do you think you can get this 6,000-pound... [read more]

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