The Audi S3 is not exactly a sales juggernaut, despite it being a bit of a legend for passionate fans of the small German premium genre. In most markets outside of Europe, people may consider such setups as the S3 three-door tested here, look at the price, and then think maybe they should just get a nice A4 sedan [...]
Ever since its debut in 1974, the Porsche 911 Turbo has symbolized extreme performance (beaten only by the completely bonkers GT2). While the original 930 was an absolute handful to drive because of its massive turbo lag and propensity for oversteer, force-fed 911 Turbos have grown quite compliant over the years while producing increasingly mind-blowing [...]
The “first drive” reviews of the new 2015 Volkswagen GTI have been trickling out as of late, and if they’re to be believed, the car is good. Like, really good. Like maybe the best thing since sliced bread.
When January 1 hits, nobody who follows the auto industry for a living has any problem remembering what year it is. Model years have had us thinking 2013 since sometime in mid-2012. It’s as refreshing to have the rest of the country join us in 2013 as it is disheartening that Ryan Seacrest still exists.
Alfa Romeo released most of the details on its new 4C sports coupe a couple of weeks ago, but they only included a few images to paw over. Now we’re finally getting to see some more shots of the car, including our first official look at the interior. The glimpse inside the 4C shows us details we did not [...]
Think you’ve waited long enough for this? If so, then you’ll want to savor the high-res photos we’ve so far been given of the 2014 Chevrolet SS, the first rear-wheel-drive performance sedan from The Bowtie in 17 years. We all know its our version of the brand new VF-model Holden Commodore, but what’s under the hood that [...]
At the unveiling of the redesigned 2014 Toyota Tundra, group vice president and general manager Bill Fay began his remarks by highlighting the full-size truck market’s shift toward crew-cab (4-door) models and premium equipment offerings. This is why the biggest Tundra news is not just the styling, inside and out, but the addition of two top-tier [...]
This comparison represents a peek into three heavyweight luxury German carmakers’ state of the art. The Audi S7, BMW 650i Gran Coupe xDrive, and Mercedes-Benz CLS550 4Matic represent a good chunk of their respective brands’ best thinking. But what are these swoopy four-door coupes?
Back in October, I breathlessly reported that the new Audi S8 spanks everything short of a Corvette ZR1 in a straight line, and whips most cars in handling. I closed by noting that Audi, after years of lobbing shots at BMW and Mercedes-Benz, had finally landed a direct hit. Now, like a board game opponent [...]
Two-thousand thirteen is shaping up to be a frantic year for Chevrolet, with over a dozen reveals and launches on its calendar. New iterations of the most financially and emotionally important vehicles to the brand are launching little more than a few weeks apart – the 2014 Silverado (financially) and the 2014 Corvette (emotionally). Better than any other models, these [...]
Half a century ago, in 1963, Maserati concocted its most enduring model by stuffing a race-bred engine under the hood of a four-door luxury sedan. The deliciously decadent Quattroporte, at the time the fastest car of its kind, was born. Through five generations, this flying wedge of la dolce vita grew to become one of [...]
We will admit to have been so smitten by Subaru’s first-ever rear-drive performance coupe, the BRZ, that we haven’t paid much attention to the carmaker’s organically grown, high-fiber, AWD wagons and crossover SUVs of late. It isn’t that we don’t have the occasional need for something suitably demure to take the golden retrievers to a quilters [...]
For years, car enthusiasts have debated what would come of Chevrolet’s iconic small block V-8. Would there be a next-generation engine? Would it get smaller?
As impressive an engine like the 3.0 Bi-TDI is, there’s always room for improvement and Audi engineers are experimenting with one particularly intriguing new technology. Recently we had a chance to drive an A6 Bi-TDI development mule boasting a very interesting new component fitted to this motor – an electric biturbo.
It’s easy to forget just how insane the Lamborghini Countach was when it debuted in 1971. While the rest of the world was still focused on producing sports cars with flowing, organic body lines, Lamborghini pulled back the sheets on fiendishly-low Countach with it’s razor-sharp panel creases and plethora of vents and ducts. Very simply, there had never been [...]
Ferrari may get all the fan mail and sell countless bedroom wall posters, but in the 66 years since its founding, the Italian automaker has sold just 130,000 cars. Toyota, in comparison, sells roughly that many Camrys in the U.S. every five months. Honda’s Accord and Nissan’s Altima are close behind.
It was a struggle at times for Adrian Whittle. As the lead engineer for the 2013 Ford Fusion, achieving his team’s technical goals while maintaining the integrity of designer Chris Hamilton’s sexy silhouette was something of a rolling headache. “This exterior, which we love, was hard to deliver because it’s not very package-efficient,” Whittle explained.