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There Are New Details You Need To Know About the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is the ultimate version of the AMG GT lineup. Its expected to come out by mid-2020, and when it does, expect it to raise hell with a new version of the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine thats found in all the other AMG GT variants. Thats the word from no less than AMG head Tobias Moers, who told Which Car magazine that the ultimate iteration of the AMG GT will arrive packed to the brim... [read more]

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When A Dad Works With His Son To Build A Race Car It Gets Wild

By Nordstroms Automotive inc.
A dad takes a test drive in a car and its all money from there. Check out the tale of a dad hooked on racing. Press "Play" below to listen to this episode

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This Rendering of a BMW Concept 4 Shooting Brake Will Make You Forget the Fugly Grille

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
These days, BMW is as addicted to big grilles as a 12-year-old is to big boobs after accidentally finding dads secret porn stash. Eventually, most 12-year-olds grow out of their first addiction and move on to something else, but BMW, on the other hand, just wants its grilles bigger and bigger thats the exact reason why the BMW Concept 4 damn near broke the internet in the worst way possible. All of that can now be forgiven now that X-TOMI... [read more]

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Bugatti Refuses to Move On From the Chiron But That Might Be Okay

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
Bugatti seems to love the idea that it produces just one car in multiple variations and, to some extent, thats okay in terms of exclusivity. But, isnt it time that Bugatti actually comes up with something new as opposed to some slightly revised version of a car it started producing in 2016, based on a concept from 1999? Bet you forgot that, didnt you? The Chiron is actually based on the 1999 Bugatti 18/3 Chiron Concept from nearly two decades... [read more]

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The Audi RS6 Avant - A Video History

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
It August 2019 when, while looking for hot stuff to write, the undersigned stumbled upon Audi USAs newsroom website, where the first article on the top of the page said, in Caps Lock: ALL-NEW AUDI RS6 AVANT IS COMING TO AMERICA! Why the yelling, youre wondering? Well, Audis RS history spans over a quarter of a century, and it is only now that the U.S. gets the RS6 Avant for the first time. Now, the 2020 Audi RS6 Avant is... [read more]

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The 10 Fastest AWD Sports Cars Ranked

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
Its no secret that if you want your car to post a blistering 0-to-60-mph acceleration time, turning all four wheels from the jump is the best way to do it. Sure, its not as easy as doing just that, but years of testing vehicles across all platforms has shown that all-wheel-drive cars provide much better traction than rear-wheel or front-whee-drive vehicles. Combine that capacity with all the new technologies that have arrived launch control and torque vectoring and its no... [read more]

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A 2020 Land Rover Defender Pickup Truck? We Say Yes, Please, With Sugar on Top

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
Now that the new 2020 Land Rover Defender has graced this pretty planet of ours after a three-year hiatus, all is right once again. So far, weve seen the Defender 90 and 110, but the rumor mill has churned out word that the Defender range will be expanding to include at least a 130 model that rival the Mercedes G-550 at least in terms of pricing, anyway. A lot of interest has been expressed in a Defender pickup truck and... [read more]

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Want a McLaren SUV? Better Keep Wishing Bucko

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
SUVs seem to be all the hype these days, but one could argue that there are so many simply because automakers want to extort the current trend thats why there are literally hundreds of them on the global market from brands like Ford and Chevy all the way up to the uber-luxury brands like Bentley and, pretty soon, even Ferrari with its upcoming Purosangue. Eventually, the SUV trend is going to die much like the last big trend fuel-efficient compact... [read more]

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The Mercedes Simplex Concept Is the Coolest Housewarming Gift Youve Ever Seen

Mercedes just gave itself one heck of a housewarming gift. The Vision Mercedes Simplex is a modern take on the classic Mercedes 35 PS (or 35 HP) as well as an excuse to let designers stretch their muscles and have some fun. We got up close to the Simplex concept at Mercedes new design center in Nice, France. Heres what you need to know. Compare photos of the new Mercedes concept to the turn-of-the-20th-century car that inspired it in our... [read more]

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Drag Week 2019Tom Bailey is Americas Fastest Street Car!

HOT ROD Drag Week 2019, Presented by Gear Vendors Overdrive Ladies and gentlemen, we present Tom Bailey as the Unlimited Class and Overall winner of the 2019 HOT ROD Drag Week, presented by Gear Vendors Overdrive. The grueling challenge involves five drag strips in five days with nearly 800 miles of street action logged on the odometer. The adventure began at Virginia Motorsports Park and proceeded north to Cecil County Dragway (Rising Sun, MD), then to Atco Raceway (Atco, NJ... [read more]

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Video: How the Lamborghini Aventador Has Evolved Over the Years

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
Eight years is a long time for a model in the supercar world, let alone one that bears the badge of Lamborghini. But thats where the Aventador is at after arriving into the scene in 2011 as the direct replacement to the irrepressible Murcielago. In those eight years, weve seen the Aventador evolve in a number of different ways. Its given birth to special edition models, higher-performance spec versions, and, of course, super-limited creations. This video prepared by Cars Evolution... [read more]

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Tom Bailey Runs 5.99 at Drag Week

HOT ROD Drag Week 2019, Presented by Gear Vendors Overdrive If it isnt running 5s, something went wrong. That was the statement from engine builder Steve Morris on the way to Virginia Motorsports Park for the final day of Drag Week. Baileys 1969 Camaro has been slowly lowering e.t.s all week, with several runs in the low 6s. After a hard tire-shaking first round on Friday, Bailey came back around to run a 6.07 after stepping to the left and... [read more]

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Smart EQ Fortwo Ultimate E Cabrio by Brabus

By info@topspeed.com (Michael Fira)
Brabus, the famed German tuner that's made a name for itself by extracting ludicrous amounts of power out of some already very potent V-8s and V-12s that were at the heart of Mercedes-Benz's lineup of sedans and sports cars, brought to the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2019 a serving of re-heated stew. This is, by all intents and purposes, the Smart EQ Fortwo Ultimate E Shadow Edition Cabrio we've seen already earlier this year at Geneva, minus the Gunmetal Grey... [read more]

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The Original Venice Crew Shelby Reunion with Very Special Guests

On Saturday, September 14, in Gardena, California, the Original Venice Crew of Shelby American will be hosting a gathering of automotive titans at their shop starting a 4:30 p.m. Most often, it is the cars that get the limelight at car shows while their builders are off stage right. However, this Saturday afternoon, the legendary men behind five of the most iconic race cars of all time will be sitting together reminiscing about the good ol days of racing. Were... [read more]

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Going Back To The Future With Our New 1986 Mustang GT

Four Eye Surgery The year 1986 opened with the tragedy of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion before our eyes. It was one of those moments where you never forget where you were when it happened. President Reagan was in the White House, and Mike Tyson was the youngest heavyweight champion after beating Trevor Berbick. There was plenty of strife around the world, but the majority of us were more worried about perfecting our mullet in time for the Motley Crue... [read more]

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Twinpala Engine-Fail During Burnout at LS Fest

Tony Angelo and Lucky Costa host HOT ROD Garage, and the Twinpala has made a couple appearances on the show. Subscriptions to the MotorTrend App start at $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year after a 14-day free trial offer . Tony Angelo and Lucky Costa of HOT ROD Garage brought their Twinpala project down to Bowling Green, Kentucky, to participate in the festivities at Holley LS Fest. The car made some passes on the dragstrip, but in the burnout... [read more]

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2020 Cadillac CT4 Debuts With Up to 309 HP

After revealing the somewhat potent CT4-V earlier this year, Cadillac is now showing off the more frugal base version. The 2020 Cadillac CT4 joins the lineup as the brands new entry-level sedan. The CT4-V boasts a tempting 325 hp from its 2.7-liter turbo-four, but not all small sedan buyers will need, or want, that much power. The regular CT4 comes standard with an eight-speed automatic and a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Hey, at least... [read more]

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Check Out the Awesome Mutant Vehicles of Burning Man 2019

Imagine you're in a dusty city with a population of almost 80,000 people that covers a land mass pretty close to the size of downtown San Francisco. You know there are more than 600 unique and interesting vehicles worth seeking out but they are hard to find at any given moment. That was the task we set ourselves as we hunted down some of the best Mutant Vehicles (formerly known as Art Cars) at this year's Burning Man extravaganza on... [read more]

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Refreshing or Revolting: 2020 Land Rover Defender

Perhaps a designers greatest challenge is creating a worthy successor to a classic original. For many vehicles, progressive evolution over generations is to be expected. But when it comes to icons of style and performance, stakes are greatly increased. Such is the case with the 2020 Land Rover Defender . Just unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new Defender chassis code L663 is the first redesign since 1983. Incremental changes came between then and the end of the... [read more]

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Will BMW M Take on AMG With a Standalone Sports Car After All?

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
The subject of a standalone BMW supercar has been broached countless times over the years. Nothing has come out of it, but the lingering possibility remains, especially now that the new CEO of BMW M has come out and said that hes not opposed to seeing a halo BMW M model. Markus Flasch now sits at the helm of BMWs sports car division, and hes made no bones about his desire to see a standalone M sports car. Whether that... [read more]

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Check Out the Awesome Mutant Vehicles of Burning Man 2019

Imagine you're in a dusty city with a population of almost 80,000 people that covers a land mass pretty close to the size of downtown San Francisco. You know there are more than 600 unique and interesting vehicles worth seeking out but they are hard to find at any given moment. That was the task we set ourselves as we hunted down some of the best Mutant Vehicles (formerly known as Art Cars) at this year's Burning Man extravaganza on... [read more]

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Cheapest New Mustang Vs Most Expensive: The Shelby GT500 Is Almost $80,000 More Than The Base Model

The Mustang lineup is one of the most expansive in the business. There are more than 10 different variants to choose from once the convertibles, performance packs, and drivetrain options are considered. With the reincarnation of the 2020 GT500, it only gets bigger. The GT500 has long been the daddy of the Mustang range, and the original took the humble secretary's car and turned it into a bona fide legend. The new one has much the same mission, swapping out... [read more]

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The Volkswagen ID.3 Isnt Coming to the States, But This ID.4 Is!

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
Ironically, the Dieselgate mishap is what triggered a downright electric revolution within the Volkswagen Group. Just take a step back and observe just how big of a fuss (the be translated into effort of all sorts - investments, marketing, and logistics) the giant is making about its electrified future. Porsche has its first-ever electric sports car, Audi is coming in hot with e-tron badged EVs, and of course, Volkswagen has just unveiled the ID.3, a third-coming model that the company... [read more]

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Automobile for an Audiophile

Music plays a big role in my life. It doesnt matter if Im out in the garage, at my desk or somewhere in between, Im constantly listening to... continue reading

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Drag Week 2019 Day 5 Live Stream

HOT ROD Drag Week 2019, Presented by Gear Vendors Overdrive The end of Drag Week 2019 is upon us and the drivers have come full circle to where this circus began: Virginia Motorsports Park. Weve lost a few on the way, but for the remaining drivers, its their last shot at the glory of finishing Drag Week. If you havent been with us all week, then this is the time to tune in because after the last passes are made... [read more]

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Ever Wonder Why the Racing Stripe on a 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Costs $10,000?

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
The 2020 Ford Shelby GT 500 starts out at $72,900 or about $1,300 a month if you have amazing credit thats some $12,460 more expensive than the base GT350 and $535 cheaper than the GT350R. Does it blow your mind to know that the GT500 can be customized to the extent that it will set you back $107,080? Just how the hell do you add $34,100 worth of options to a freaking Mustang especially the, arguably, best Mustang you can... [read more]

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Big Surprise The Tesla Model Z Pickup is Delayed

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
As the battle of electric pickup trucks between Ford, Rivian, and Tesla rages on at an annoying slow crawl with nothing but teasers and overzealous gloating (Im looking at you ford with your train-pulling stunt), Teslas Elon Musk as pushed the debut of the Tesla Model Z Pickup even further back. So when will we actually get to see it? Well, with Musks overly optimistic history, its anybodys guess, but we at least have a rough idea.

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Top 10 Cool Family Cars for Any Lifestyle

Being a parent and a car enthusiast can be tough. Whereas once your free time was spent with back road drives or project car wrenching sessions, having a kid or twoor morecan take up any leeway to pursue your passion. But parenthood doesnt mean a sentence to minivan mediocrity. These 10 cool family cars offer daily practicality and street style so you can enjoy driving the kids to school or soccer practice as much as any other. Honda Civic Type... [read more]

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Comic Loni Love Gets Excited About the Lexus NX 300h's Design and Tech

By K.S. Wang Quick Stats: Loni Love comic/host The Real Daily Driver: 2019 Lexus NX 300h (Lonis rating: 9 on a scale of 1 to 10) Favorite road trip: Los Angeles to Las Vegas Car she learned to drive in : 1970s Chevy Impala First car bought: 1993 Geo Spectrum Comic and co-host of The Real , Loni Love is a long way from her 18-hour days at the General Motors factory, where she started working as soon as she... [read more]

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Now That the 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo and Turbo S Are Here, Whats Next for Porsches First EV?

By info@topspeed.com (Safet Satara)
A few years ago I was working on a piece about the Porsche 911 991, and I had to count the number of available versions of it. I stopped at 25. It is a somewhat similar story with the Porsche Panamera, which is, right now, available in 18 different guises. Why am I telling you this then? Well, the Porsche Taycan is available in only two guises for a start - the Taycan Turbo and the Taycan Turbo S... [read more]

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Mercedes Is Spooked by the Porsche Taycan; Plans an Electric AMG to Fight Back

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
Even in the wake of this years Frankfurt Motor Show - which has lost some of its glam if were being completely honest - its hard to ignore one launch in particular, namely the Porsche Taycan. In all fairness, the Taycan has indeed been teased and then teased some more over the past months, however, when Porsche finally dropped the mic and unveiled its first-ever electric sports car, the audience had plenty of things to absorb. The same can be... [read more]

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2020 Land Rover Defender looks a lot like the 2011 Land Rover DC100 concept

By info@topspeed.com (Andrei Nedelea)
Land Rover announced that it was working on an all-new Defender way back in 2011, when it revealed the DC100 concept. At the time, the design study made many traditional fans of the Defender exclaim that it didnt preview a vehicle theyd be interested in buying, so Land Rover actually made a second concept in 2016, called LR1, but it didnt show it to the public - it was an evolution of the DC100 and it actually was the basis... [read more]

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Top 10 Fastest Accelerating SUVs 0-60 mph Ever Tested by MotorTrend

The laws of physics, it seems, are becoming obsolete. How else could heavyweight SUVs throw down such staggering performance? It wasnt so long ago that SUVs were boxes on wheels meant to maximize space for hauling people or cargo. Today, a new breed of quick (acceleration) and fast (top speed) SUVs is on the rise, a breed that emphasizes the S in the acronym. The fastest production SUVs can beat many sports cars, sometimes through corners and often on the... [read more]

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2019 Street Rodder Holiday Gift Guide

Our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide has a gift idea for every hot rodder on your list. Interactive jewelry for men and women. Tug on your heartstrings with the Gear Necklace by sliding the pendant along its chain and setting the gears in motion. Spin in style with the Gear Ring by turning the outer rims so that all the gears rotate in unison. Patented. Lifetime warranty. Free shipping. Kinekt Design (888) 600-8494 kinektdesign.com   TCI Engineerings 35-41 Ford Custom IFS... [read more]

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Did you catch MotorTrend on Jeopardy?

Did you catch MotorTrend on Jeopardy! this week? Kicking off its 36 th season, the popular game show featured MotorTrend Car of the Year as a whole category. It highlighted a variety of past winners of our annual Car of the Year award. See if you can guess them as they appeared on the show: For $1000: This sporty pre-Mustang Ford For $600: This Chevy sports car, about 30 years overdue For $800: This Chrysler tall sedan For $200: This... [read more]

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11 Best SUVs for Big Families

Lets face it. There are a lot of people who buy big, honking vehicles and rarely fill the seats on a daily basis. But there are also consumers out there with big families who actually do need all 3 rows and some cargo space for all their gear. One way to go is a wagon, and there are elegant solutions, including the Volvo V90 , Mercedes-Benz E-Class , and Buick Regal TourX. But who are we kidding? Most shoppers will... [read more]

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BMW Concept 4

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
Imagine, if you will, that you have a crystal ball and within that ball, you can see BMWs future. What do you see 5 years from now? 10 years from now? 20 years from now? Do you see crazy sports cars, an allotment of high-spend luxury cars, or a simple evolution of the cars the brand offers today? Well, if you look at the BMW Concept 4, the what you should be seeing is grille.lots and lots of big grilles... [read more]

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Drag Week 2019: Day 4 Route

HOT ROD Drag Week 2019, Presented by Gear Vendors Overdrive The homestretch! The participants are heading back home to Virginia Motorsports Park. Fifty miles into the drive, youll have to grab a photo in front of the 17 South Restaurant after crossing the Potomac River. Youll eventually skirt along the east side of Richmond, Virginia, and stop off at Car Wash City for your final checkpoint of the week. After that, its 10 miles to the track and a good... [read more]

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McLaren Prefers Exclusivity Over Volume and Profit, Wont Follow the Trend of Its Competitors

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
Crossovers and SUVs have been hot button issues across boardrooms of exotic automakers all over the world. Some brands like Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce have given in to the craze. Bugatti has adopted a fence-hopping approach, straddling both sides with the ease of a gymnast. Then there are companies like Koenigsegg that have sworn off taking that plunge. The latter is a shrinking list, but Koenigsegg can take comfort knowing that its got company from McLaren. Yes, the British... [read more]

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Ute ought to want one

Ryan's '41 Ford truck post got quite a few people pumped up about him buying a pre-war Ford shop truck. And why not? Old Pick Ups are good... continue reading

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Jaguar Thinks Theres Still Life in Saloons and Sports Cars and Wont Give Into the SUV Craze

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
As the auto world ditches sedans and sports cars and turns its collective attention towards crossovers and SUVs, Jaguar isnt turning its back on its bread and butter. The British automaker has jumped into the SUV market, but it will also continue to develop and create saloons and sports cars. Jaguar design chief Julian Thomson made that emphatically clear, saying that non-SUVs as theyre called now remain important markets for the company. Rest easy now, fans of the XJ, XE... [read more]

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Drag Week 2019 Day 4 Live Stream

HOT ROD Drag Week 2019, Presented by Gear Vendors Overdrive Its Day 4 of Drag Week live from Maryland International Raceway. With some epic coastal driving behind them, racers have to make the most of today and walk the fine line of survival and pushing the limits. With an estimated 35 cars dropped out there has been drama with wrecks and breakage. Despite having to track down parts, find speed shops to work in, and cobble their cars together, the... [read more]

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The Ram 1500 Is Officially The First Full Size Pickup to Earn an IIHS Top Safety Pick + Rating

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
Ram is on a roll these days. The company recently unveiled the third-gen EcoDiesel engine and it has put the competition under pressure. As if that wasnt enough to attract customers, the Ram 1500 has now won the IIHSs (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) most coveted award - Top Safety Pick+ - making it the first full-size pickup truck to be conferred with this rating. With the way the automaker is rolling, can it do anything wrong at all?

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11 Sporty Sedans Under $40,000

There's no arguing SUVs are hot right now. They may have ample cargo space, but they usually cant match lower-riding vehicles when it comes handling. Fortunately, there are many sedans on the market that are both practical and ideal canyon carvers. Keep reading for 11 sporty sedans that we enjoy driving. All of the sporty 4-door cars on our list start under $40,000. Kia Stinger It may be a Kia , but this sporty 4-door car has the right formula... [read more]

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Porsche Taycan EV: How Wed Build It

The all-electric Porsche Taycan is the most important product the German automaker has launched since the debut of its first SUVthe Cayenneall the way back in 2002. Porsche has played with electric performance before, first in the 918 hybrid hypercar and more recently in the Turbo S E-Hybrid variants of the Panamera and Cayenne , but the Taycan is its first foray into the fully electric market. As our Angus MacKenzie put it, Its the first electric car that will... [read more]

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2019 Genesis G70 Long-Term Arrival: South Koreas Best Effort Yet

I need to get one thing out of the way first: I didn't vote for the Genesis G70 to be MotorTrend Car of the Year . I was part of the underground movement trying to award it to the Honda Insight hybrid . But our effort was Sparta defending Thermopylae: valiant but doomed. And in the end, I can honestly say Im fine with the Genesis having won. It deserved the honor of being the first South Korean vehicle to... [read more]

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Is the Hyundai Kona the Right SUV for Your Road Trip?

This summer, our long-term Hyundai Kona has finally had a few opportunities to stretch its legs. Several short trips have kept the odometer steadily climbing, with one trip in particular offering an opportunity to examine how useful the Konas cargo space is . In that context, though, it was with a solo driver over a single day. To truly test its mettle in this regard, we and the Kona needed an extended excursion away from home. With that in mind... [read more]

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Exclusive: What Are All Those Buttons in the 2020 Corvette C8?

Its been one of the biggest questions since the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 was revealed: What the heck are all those buttons on the center console? We got inside the car with our cameras to show you. The answer is simple: That long strip of buttons running down the raised edge of the center console contains all your climate controls. It includes all the standards, such as fan speed, airflow, recirculation, front and rear defrosters, separate driver and passenger... [read more]

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The 10 Coolest Accessories Available For the 2020 Land Rover Defender

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
Land Rover finally revealed the new Defender at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show. The Defender was one of the most hardcore off-roaders before people started perceiving it as a premium SUV and not as a pure off-roader. It disappeared into oblivion in 2016 only to return three years later, reinvigorated. The new Defender is a lot more tough and back on track to being a true off-roader once again. However, Land Rover has introduced it with all bells and whistles... [read more]

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All-new 2019 Renault Captur bows in Frankfurt with new platform, plug-in hybrid variant

By info@topspeed.com (Andrei Nedelea)
Renault unveiled an all-new generation of its Captur crossover at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, but it wasnt really on many peoples radar, even though the previous generation model sold over 1.5 million units since its introduction. So the new Captur is a really rather important model for Renault; its not terribly exciting for automotive journos or enthusiasts, but as a car people are actually going to buy, it is quite significant.

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