2018 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 6MT Performance Pack – Road Test Review w/ Video

The new Mustang GT had a high bar to live up to when it spent a week here.  Why?  We fell absolutely head over heels for the Shelby GT350 last year.

The GT350 felt like the 911 GT3 of muscle-cars — totally alive in your hands and violently fast at all times. The GT350 felt like a huge leap into the future of sports-cars.

Luckily, when Ford was doing the revamp of the regular Mustang for 2018, their benchmark was none other than our GT350.

The changes are visual of course but are much more technical and engineering-driven under the skin.

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2018 Lexus LC500 Performance Pack – First Photos

We’ve seen it static.  We’ve seen it dynamic.  And we’ve heard it from 200-yards away beside the racetrack. The momentum is building. Crescendo soon! Visually, the LC500 actually becomes even more beautiful in motion.  Its delicate proportions and lithe elegance are LF-A reborn. Build yours in this Nightfall Mica over here. 2018 Lexus LC500 – Performance Pack Nightfall Mica You May Also Like:2018 Lexus LC500 Cabrio Rendering Full details on the new LC500h from Lexus! Very interesting advancements… conforming to few of the hypotheticals we initially posed below. For example, would it be a PHEV?  Would it run a V8? No and no on those fronts. But fear not: a new Li-ion battery system and four-speed EV transaxle in back complements the3.5-liter V6 up front to deliver a ballparked 4.7-second sprint to 60-mph.  That is deeply impressive for a machine that also offers a new Hybrid manual gear-shift mode and far less …

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2018 Nissan GT-R Track Edition Adds Nismo Grip, Widebody Fenders and Racier Cabin

What is the most unforgettable supercar you’ve ever driven, Tom? Certainly the Nissan GT-R. Every Altima review we write has a glimmer of GT-R excitement behind it.  Maybe if I am just clever enough with words or camera… one will come my way for a week!? It has not happened yet.  Our only experience with the GT-R was the previous-gen Track pack back in 2013.  We spent 30 boneriffic minutes behind the wheel and will never forget it. So much power, so much sheer violence in its delivery!  The only car you can four-wheel drift around a simple turn! So much road presence, too.  The new nose is pretty striking, wider and sharper intakes for the V-motion grille bar.  Slimmer LED DRL’s in the lower bumpers and sharp carbon spats set a moody tone. Nissan has a new Track Edition in the cars for 2017 that slides between the GT-R …

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HD Road Test Review – 2016 Dodge CHALLENGER R/T Scat Pack

What is the best part of driving a near-500-horsepower car every day? Is it the thunderclap of this 6.4-liter V8 on startup that makes you feel as powerful as Thor?  Or might it be the savage ingear power on the highway? Or is it the sheer bloodlust feeling of all that HEMI power beneath you?  Knowing that a floored throttle — or anywhere close — will create a riotous crackle of engine, exhaust and squeeling tires is quite intoxicating. For us mere mortals, driving a car with such godlike power and pricing of about $40k is the absolute dream come true.  A power-mad wet dream on wheels! We have two videos to share of the Challenger R/T Scat Pack in action on startup and at near-track-speeds on a twisty country road.  Both showcase the Challenger as the fun and frisky musclecar of your dreams. Omg. Listen to the Challeneger Scatpack …

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2017 BMW M4 Competition Pack Convertible – First Drive Photos/Video

Inviting some hate with this string of VERY hot and desirable cars! While rocking the absolutely astounding 2017 Q60S Red Sport 400 from Infiniti as my test car, I found myself behind the wheel of a car costing $18k more.  And wearing bright Alpine White over gloss black of the BMW M4 Competition Package. Added bonus?  This is the folding hardtop! Such a joyful drive.  With the top down, you can really immerse yourself in the popping and snarking quad pipes of the race exhaust.  The spider-spoke alloys off the M4 GTS looks impossibly large in the M4’s flared, flexing fenders. And the M-DCT double-clutch automatic is fascinating in its range of smoothness or savage, race-ready gearshifts. We even started to love the silhouette of the M4 Convertible with its top up!  The lack of B-pillar creates a very special style with all the windows down.  Heated seats, wheel and …

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2016 VW Golf GTI Autobahn Performance Pack – Road Test Review – By Ben Lewis

  It’s easy to love sports cars. They’re usually a ball to drive, fun to look at, and exist solely to make you happy. Who wouldn’t like that? Well, except that a sports car is a selfish thing. They usually seat only two. Or the rear seats are torture devices. They can ride harsh. They can be loud. Trunk space? Ha! As an only car, a sports car is best for the young and unencumbered. Otherwise you’ll need a second car. On roads clogged full of Sports Cars, Sedans, SUVs, CUVs and Trucks… …is a GTI the only vehicle you’ll ever need?The GTI says “Yea!!” Since first being introduced in the US in 1983, the GTI has given sports car like performance. OK, it’s a front driver – that used to be enough to push it out of the driver’s club for some. To them we say “Performance Package.” First let’s start …

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GTI for an Eye! 2016 Volkswagen GTI Avenges MkV GTI Sins

GTI Battle: 2008 VW GTI DSG vs. 2016 VW GTI Autobahn with Performance Package & DSG Just how much of a difference can two generations make? I love hot hatchbacks. Being able to have a practical performance-oriented vehicle is immensely appealing. For nine years, I drove a Mk5 2008 Volkswagen GTI whose sole option was the DSG automated-manual gearbox (Yes, it wasn’t a manual and no I don’t care). It was a fantastic car, but the time finally came when I wanted to upgrade. What to get? Something sporty like a Nissan 370Z? Some American muscle in the form of a Ford Mustang or Chevy Camaro? How about a fast German sedan such as a used Audi S4? Well, I went into a semi-local dealership and four hours later was home with my brand new car. Guess what I bought? Hint: Not a Toyota Prius. Instead I bought…another GTI! Now settle down because …

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MEGA Gallery – 2016 JAGUAR F-Type R AWD Coupe – 300 Photos + 4 HD Videos

It’s happening again! The moment I get my paws on a seriously stellar machine, I spend the week moving from photo location to photo location.  Running psuedo-errands like I just got my license. And a shooting rush of serotonin at every M16-rifle blast of exhaust noise and 1.5-G of pressure to my internal accelerometer. Fighting a smile is impossible.  Muffling a laugh is always a challenge too, for this, my favorite machine of all time. BEST.  CAR.   EVER. Already in quotes saying the F-Type R AWD Coupe is “the fastest, most beautiful vehicle I’ve ever driven…” And that feeling is growing stronger in day three with this supercar.  We’re worried for day six and seven.  There may be a Thelma & Louise-style chase to return this stunner to Jaguar USA! On that note, we’ve crossed the 10GB mark of F-Type media.  Eight gigs in HD video, and the rest in nearly …

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2016 Cadillac ATS and CTS Score Much-Needed BLACK PACKS!

So, so thrilled to see this easy and effective design change for the Cadillac CTS and ATS.  We have griped tirelessly about their tacky chrome, ugly wheels and “boring, old-man style.”   And it looks like Cadillac was listening!  (See CT6 Black Pack and ATS Coupe Black Pack renders…) The new Black Chrome Packages for the ATS and CTS are fairly comprehensive, too. Wheels, trims, grille finishes, window surrounds…. all take a bath in this stylish new dark pewter finish. The third reason we love the Black Pack announcement? ACTUAL PHOTOS! Shock! Cadillac has succumbed to major GM think in its model releases.  This means three or four atrocious digital renderings for the pre-launch.  Then a few fake “photos” of the cars in the wild for the market launch.  And that is it for many models.  The problem with all this digital fakery is that you cannot tell what the …

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