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TWR Gets Into Restomodding Trend With Jagaur Based Supercat, Will Be Limited To 88 Units

The resto-modding craze has picked up steam over the past few years with modified versions of the Volvo P1800 and the Porsche 928 being a few notable examples of this trend in action. However, the folks at TWR have decided to raise the bar up a notch and have formally unveiled the TWR Supercat which will be limited to 88 units when it enters production.   Supercat Shares XJ-S Hardware The Supercat is a wild beast, but it gets its DNA from a 1976 Jaguar XJ-S. The XJ-S was the controversial replacement for the Jaguar E-Type and attempted to offer …

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2024 Subaru WRX TR Road test review by Ben Lewis

When it comes to the Subaru WRX, we’re big fans. While the automaker brings in the big bucks with popular crossovers like the Outback and Forester, with the ‘Rex, they stay true to the enthusiasts as well. And while the WRX has always been great fun out of the box, it’s also been a hugely popular starting point for those who love to modify their vehicles. In fact, in 2006, Subie created a WRX TR model. “TR” stood for “Tuner Ready”, and they took out some of the heavy, expensive stuff like the audio system to create a lighter, less …

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Road Test Review – 2024 Maserati Grecale & 2023 Quattroporte Trofeo – Two Flavors Of Performance

Maserati is preparing to shift its EV ambitions into high gear with models like the recently announced GranCabrio Folgore attempting to make EVs stylish options for buyers willing to make the plunge. However, Maserati also knows that its ICE models will ultimately provide the fuel needed for these EV offerings to expand and cement themselves in the marketplace. Maserati recently allowed us to spend time with both the Quattroporte and the Grecale Trofeo models to not only show us what they bring to the table, but how they will help secure Maserati’s future.   2023 Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo The 2023 …

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Road Test Review – 2024 Lotus Emira First Edition – The End Of An Era

When Lotus unveiled the 2024 Emira sports car, it represented the end of an era for the company. The Emira was designed to be a successor for the Evora GT but it could also be considered a spiritual successor for the Elise. When the U.S. last saw the Elise, it was better known for being an ultra-lightweight thrill machine that sliced flab at the cost of creature comfort and refinement. Tightening safety regulations ended its run in the U.S. with the Evora being the lone solider for Lotus in our country. But can the Emira successfully walk the proverbial tightrope …

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Road Test Review – 2024 BMW Z4 M40i – Dropping The Top On Fun and Style

All sports cars come with fundamental DNA that makes them enjoyable to drive while also being stylish and reasonably comfortable at the same time. The 2024 BMW Z4 aims to bring these fundamentals into a package that’s upscale and luxurious but without sacrificing some of the dynamics that have made the model special over the years. The 2024 models aim to continue this but has it lost some of the sharpness that has defined it over the years?   Sinister Purple Adds Character to M Sport Lines When our tester arrived at the office, one of the things that made …

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2024 Honda Civic Type R road test review by Ben Lewis

We recently tested the Acura Integra Type S, and we loved it. We were especially interested, since Acura took great pains to add refinement to the Civic Type R on which it is based. So, we were very excited to test the new Civic – itʻs on every enthusiastʻs radar as a great affordable driving car. But we wondered is it also refined, or a raw-edged, demanding weapon only for the brave of heart? Well, which is it? Letʻs find out! Swole-up Civic We love the look of the Type R. Like the Integra Type S, it looks like the …

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Cadillac Opulent Velocity, Could Point To The Future For V Performance Models

Cadillac has been heavily invested in electrifying its lineup of luxury vehicles. But while the brand (and GM as a whole) has talked a big game, in the case of Cadillac this supposed push into electrification has only produced two production models: The ultra-rare Cadillac Celestiq and the Lyriq SUV. While the duo are good at showing off Cadillac’s innovative spirit, they are also a figurative drop in the proverbial bucket. That’s changing though, with the brand unveiling the all-new Opulent Velocity concept.  Opulent Velocity puts Spotlight On Performance Cadillac chose to tease the concept in a brief teaser video that …

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Aston Martin Vantage F1 Safety Car Builds On Essentials Bumps Up Screens

The old Aston Martin Vantage F1 safety car looked stylish and had a good track record of service at various F1 events. However, its performance was not up to everyone’s taste with reigning F1 champion Max Verstappen torching the car’s performance. Verstappen’s complaints (among others) prompted Aston Martin to unleash an improved Vantage F1 Safety Car which not only gets more muscle but also more technology as well. More Performance Sharpens Vantage Safety Car Vibes A key change that race fans and Aston Martin loyalists will notice is the infusion of extra power with this latest version of the safety …

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Maserati GranCabrio Kisses The Sun With New Droptop Styling and Trofeo Flavored Performance

The Maserati GranCabrio has been an enduring presence, both in the way it’s connected to the GranTurismo coupe, but also how the model has often been considered Maserati’s style model with only exotic offerings like the MC20 surpassing its beauty. The 2024 GranCabrio aims to take the moniker in a new direction and also represents the start of a new era in styling and performance.   GranTurismo Underpinnings Give GranCabrio Depth The outgoing version had styling that was around since the mid-2000s but it was starting to age badly when viewed against some of its GT rivals. The 2024 version …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Toyota GR86 Premium – Does It Still Have The Fun Factor?

It’s not often that improvements bring out the best in an automobile, but in the case of the 2023 Toyota GR86, it was exactly what the doctor ordered. The 2022 model gave the model more power and also made some revisions to the exterior and the interior which resulted in a noticeable transformation. But does it have long-term staying power? We wanted to find out.   GR86 & BRZ Siblings To The End Both the 2023 GR86 and its Subaru cousin the BRZ were designed to appeal to budget-focused performance buyers and that’s evident in the exterior styling with designers …

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2025 Aston Martin Vantage Gets More Power, New Looks, & A Pinch Of Familiarity

It can be hard to believe that the Aston Martin Vantage has been in production for over 74 years. While the model has certainly seen its fair share of ups and downs (some of them reflecting Aston Martin‘s shifting fortunes) the Vantage has always been the most popular model that the British sports car maker sells. Aston has chosen to make some key updates to the 2025 Aston Martin Vantage as it prepares to enter a new sports car era.   Vantage, A Blend of Old & New The exterior styling of the 2025 Aston Martin Vantage is a mixture …

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2024 Lexus LC 500 Convertible review by Ben Lewis

We recently tested the 2023 Lexus LC 500 Coupe and found it a dream – stunning looks, storming V8 power, Lexus quality, and just the feeling of exclusivity. A Lexus to covet, to be sure. And then Lexus offers us a visit in the 2024 LC 500 convertible. Not only that, thereʻs some significant upgrades in the technology, and a Bespoke Build package – just in case all the above in the coupe wasnʻt enough. So will the drop-top LC create another level of Lexus Lust? Letʻs find out! Stately Wayne Manners The first impression you get looking at the …

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Aston Martin Poised To Debut New Vantage, Will Be Formally Unveiled February 12th

The Aston Martin Vantage is poised for a big change. The British sports car maker recently confirmed that the Vantage was going to be overhauled but didn’t reveal much info on when we would see it in the flesh. But that’s now changing, with the company not only confirming that it would be unveiled on February 12th, but also supplying a lone teaser image as a sample dish.   A Sign Of Things To Come For Vantage The lone teaser image Aston sent primarily focuses on one of the front fenders with the vent work taking center stage. The vents …

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Cadillac Adds Polish and Tech to 2025 CT5 V-Series, Keeps Manual Alive In CT5-V Blackwing

At first glance, it’s easy to assume that the Cadillac CT5 is a mere bookend when it comes to the brand’s broader sales forecast with the Escalade and other SUV models stealing the spotlight. However, the CT5 is in fact, the best-selling model the brand has when it comes to overall sales, with the CT5 seeing its sales increase ever since it first went into production back in 2019 (bucking a broader downward slide in sales across the sedan landscape.) Cadillac decided to reward this strong showing by giving the model a refresh for 2025 and has now extended it …

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Road Test Review – 2024 Lexus IS 350 F Sport AWD – Light Updates Polish Up Familiar Recipe

It was no secret that the Lexus IS was in need of a major revamp. The aging exterior styling looked like it was drawn by a mad axe killer and the interior suffered from technology that was rapidly falling behind the times (including the most frustrating way to get around an infotainment system this side of iDrive.) Lexus listened to the feedback it got from IS owners and they also wanted to make the car more appealing to young buyers. The end result is the 2024 Lexus IS and the company thinks that this version of the IS has a …

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McLaren Unveils Renamed 2025 GTS, More Luxury and Performance Are On The Menu In This Refresh

The McLaren GT certainly caught our attention when we had the chance to sample one for 24 hours awhile back. This brief encounter allowed us to see the higher amounts of luxury and technology that McLaren infused into the car. However, progress and evolution are key motivators in the Grand Touring segment and McLaren has unveiled the updated 2025 McLaren GTS which adds more luxury performance and a new name for customers to remember too.   New Name Spearheads Light GTS Exterior Updates McLaren has always been known for not straying too far from a proven formula and that’s on …

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2024 Aston Martin Valhalla Creeps Closer To Production, Will Debut Next Year

It has been a long journey for the Aston Martin Valhalla with the company first unveiling it back in 2019 as the AM-RB 003. Alot has changed since that time with a pandemic and Aston’s very survival during that time taking center stage. However, the company has kept pushing forward with the Valhalla and the company has released new details about the car while also confirming that it will be entering production next year.   Valhalla Sharpens Its Performance Sword With V8 Power The Valhalla is the latest in Aston’s growing lineup of exotic supercars but while it’s easy to …

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Road Test Review – 2023 BMW M3 50 Jahre Edition – M3’s Golden Anniversary Homage Still Has Sizzle & Bite

In the 50 years that BMW’s M brand has terrorized race tracks around the world, the performance-focused sub-brand has undergone a number of key transformations as it attempted to maximize the performance that BMW products were capable of. It can be easy to forget that this gold standard of the performance-driving world once started out as a small in-house race shop. BMW has prepared a surprise to help celebrate the occasion, the 2023 BMW M3 50 Jahre Edition which helps celebrate the M3’s history, but are new styling touches enough to help this beast stand out in a crowd?   …

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First Look – Lotus Emeya & Lotus Eletre – New Lotus Models Aim To Catapult Firm To EV Age, Will They Succeed?

Lotus is preparing to make big moves in the EV vehicle segment. While the company cemented its history as an automaker that made lightweight vehicles that emphasized weight-cutting and exceptional handling, Lotus has also been on a proverbial rollercoaster in recent years with COVID-related challenges and a 2017 stock purchase by Chinese firm Geely being some of the twists and turns that have faced Lotus owners the past few decades. That said, Lotus is preparing to embark on a bold strategy and will focus all of its efforts on building a lineup of EV-only offerings with the Lotus Emira being …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Maserati MC20 – Maserati’s Return To Supercar Segment Marks End Of ICE Era

Maserati is the figurative traveler who’s facing a choice at the proverbial fork in the road. The Italian luxury automaker tried to embark on a push towards enhancing its sales, but while the Grecale and the Levante have certainly made their mark in the SUV segment, the broader sales picture is mixed at best. In the meantime, Maserati is also focusing on returning to some of the core things that helped it be an icon in the luxury segment, with performance and artistic flair being two prominent pillars. One example of this in action is the Maserati MC20, which launches …

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2023 Kia Forte GT review by Ben Lewis

It’s probably no surprise, but we’ve become a nation of SUVs and Crossovers. And Kia certainly makes their share – the Soul, Seltos, Sportage, Sorento and Telluride are all great vehicles. But there’s still a market for sedans, especially affordable ones. The Honda Civic, the Toyota Corolla and Kia Forte are all strong sellers. Even better, some of the manufacturers offer sporty versions for the enthusiast on a budget. The Civic Si comes to mind. And we also have another fun small sedan vying for your driver’s dollar – the Kia Forte GT. So, does it serve up bang for …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Hyundai Elantra N – Light Updates Keep This Hot Compact Ticking

The Hyundai Elantra N might not get as much attention in Hyundai showrooms as other members of the corporate team. But the sporty compact has managed to obtain a loyal following, and it now also has the distinction of being the only pure N model in Hyundai’s lineup (for now.) But does the 2023 Hyundai Elantra N retain its high amounts of sizzle even with the optional eight-speed automatic?   Elantra N Still Blurs Styling Lines, But We Love It Anyway The exterior styling of the Elantra N builds on some of the unique features and design choices that help …

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2024 Subaru BRZ Pricing Revealed, Gets More Expensive But tS Is Coming Soon

Subaru has revealed official pricing for the 2024 BRZ sport coupe. While pricing is increasing for the new model year, Subaru is adding new features to the model including the debut of the all new tS model.   BRZ tS New Pinnacle Of Performance That Also Debuts EyeSight   Before we get into the pricing situation, we might as well talk about the biggest update for 2024, the debut of the BRZ tS. The tS is a spicier version of the BRZ and while it’s sadly not the formal STI model that many Subie fans were hoping for, it does …

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Nissan Hyper Force Concept Brings GT-R To EV Age, Please Build It Nissan

It’s hard to believe that the current generation Nissan GT-R is over 16 years old. Despite the model getting its fair share of refreshes and updates over the years, the core essentials are largely unchanged from when it debuted in 2007. Nissan knows that this tired soundtrack is starting to get warped like your favorite 8-track tape, and tightening fuel regulations will eventually force the company to do something drastic with the model. While we get to wait a few more years to get a clearer view of the GT-R’s future, Nissan has revealed one potential avenue at the Japan …

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Mazda Iconic SP Concept Is Our Best Preview Yet Of Company’s Performance EV Plans

When Mazda confirmed that it was expanding its presence in the all-electric segment, it was safe to assume that the Miata sports car would eventually conform to this new reality. But while the company has so far not released formal details about what this means production-wise, it has done the next best thing with the unveiling of the Mazda Iconic SP Concept, which drew plenty of stares at the 2023 Japan Mobility Show.   Iconic SP Concept Draws Inspiration From European Icons At first glance, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Mazda designers took inspiration from classic European sports …

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The Honda Prelude Returns In Concept Form, Looks Production Ready And Eager For Corners

Buyers that grew up in the 1980s and 1990s will have fond memories of the Honda Prelude. The Prelude first appeared in 1978, but the model didn’t get its mojo until the 80s and the 90s when it transformed into an attractive, sporty, and capable two-door coupe. Weakening sales and the early rise in SUV demand forced Honda to stop producing it in 2001, but it appears that Honda is at least exploring a revival with the all-new Prelude concept.   Hybrid Powertrain Hides Beneath Prelude’s Sleek Bodywork Honda’s announcement at the Japan Mobility Show was sparse on formal details, …

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2023 LC 500 Drive Review: Lexus’s LFA Successor

2023 Lexus LC 500: Lessons From the LFA The 2023 Lexus LC 500 is a stunning embodiment of the automaker’s commitment to creating vehicles that seamlessly blend luxury and performance. This grand tourer coupe, first introduced in 2018, is a testament to Lexus’ dedication to craftsmanship, innovation, and delivering an unforgettable driving experience. With its captivating design, potent powertrain, and impeccable interior, the LC 500 is a modern masterpiece that has earned its place among the elite in the luxury sports car segment. Exterior Design At first glance, the Lexus LC 500 is a true head-turner. Its low-slung, aggressive stance …

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2024 Subaru WRX TR Sharpens Up Driving Experience, Gets Improved Steering and Brembo Brakes

Subiefest has emerged as a premiere attraction for not only Subaru fans looking to get in touch with other Subaru owners but also getting a glimpse at new products from Subaru themselves. The trend continues with the company pulling the veil of secrecy off of the 2024 Subaru WRX TR, which benefits from a number of key upgrades but, sadly, no giant wing.   Performance Takes Center Stage In TR The 2024 WRX TR brings a number of key upgrades to the WRX, but performance will be taking center stage in the TR. While the turbocharged engine carries over largely …

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First Look Ride – Mullen FIVE & Mullen GT – Is There Substance Underneath The Flashy Wrapper?

Sometimes, it can be hard to keep track of all the startup companies that are emerging in the electric vehicle marketplace. While Tesla is still the benchmark that many of these upstarts strive to match, it’s often easier said than done. One of these firms trying to establish themselves as a legitimate Tesla competitor is Mullen Automotive and the broader firm Mullen USA. The company has had a rollercoaster history regarding its fortunes, but it thinks now is the time to strike. But is there substance beneath the corporate buzzwords and shiny sheet metal? We wanted to find out and …

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Industry Insider – From Muscles to Majesties: A Joyride Through the World of Cars

Fuel up, petrolheads! Get ready for an exciting journey through the wide world of automobiles! From American muscle cars to European luxury sports cars, motoring is as diverse as its drivers themselves. So buckle up! Let’s experience a joyride through its many dimensions.   The Powerhouses: American Muscle Cars Start your engines, folks – we’re embarking on our journey with American muscle cars! These beasts of the road represent not just horsepower but an iconic piece of Americana as well. Their raw power represents not just horsepower, but an essence of Americana itself – not only are Ford Mustang and …

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Aston Martin Valhalla’s F1 Derived Technology Pushes It Closer To Production, Will Appear In 2024

Aston Martin has recently been on a roll regarding products, with the British sports car maker launching the DB12 and the wild and extremely rare Valour sports car. However, the Valhalla supercar is one model we have not heard much about in a long time. Getting its name from the Norse word for heaven, the development of the supercar has been far from a heavenly experience for Aston. The car was first announced in 2019, with the company claiming that it would get a hybrid V6. However, COVID-19 forced the company to focus on more pressing matters before announcing in …

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2023 Toyota GR86 Review by Ben Lewis

There’s a song made famous by singer Etta James called “At Last” – about finally finding love. Well, we know that feeling. We’ve been wanting to drive a Toyota GR86 with a manual transmission since it was introduced for the 2022 model year. Well, so did a lot of other journalists, so we were pretty darn happy to drive a ’22 with the 6-speed automatic. Which as it turns out was a fantastic sports car. But for many of us, a true sports car still has three pedals, and no, the emergency brake does not count. So, when our turn …

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2023 Lexus IS 500 Premium review by Ben Lewis

2023 Lexus IS 500 Premium review by Ben Lewis Do you remember the original Mad Max movie? We see Max, aka Mel Gibson driving the Pursuit Special, a heavily modified Australian Falcon GT, that in the movie they call “The last of the V8 Interceptors.” It’s funny that the thought popped in my head when I drove the Lexus IS 500 with its massively powerful 5.0-liter V8. But I did wonder, how much longer will we have cars like this? While we seem to be marching towards a world of EVs, many of the IS competitors have swapped a naturally …

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Pricing Comparison Test – 2023 Mazda MX-5 Club vs 2023 Toyota GR86 Which Is The Best Purchase?

The 2023 Mazda MX-5 is an icon in the affordable sports car ranks. The tiny two-door is the classic example of what happens when you combine a solid platform with simple ergonomics and the fun that comes with a droptop. But what happens when the MX-5 is forced to go head to head with the 2023 Toyota GR86 when it comes time to decide between the two for a potential purchase?   MX-5 and GR86 Are Both Finely Honed Instruments Of Fun   Look past the Mazda’s ability to flip its lid up and down (the GR86 has no convertible …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Lexus LC 500 – Luxury & V8 Power Get Minor Updates For New Model Year

The 2023 Lexus LC 500 has always been in a very peculiar place in the two-door GT segment. The model seeks to dethrone many of the segment heavyweights, but it brings an old-school charm to its look that aims to appeal to a wide range of customers. Lexus is so confident in the model that it has carried over mostly unchanged for the 2023 model year. But is this policy of light updates a good long-term solution in a segment where rapid evolution has taken hold?   LC 500 Sails Full Steam Ahead Into The New Model Year As mentioned, …

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First Look – 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse – Playing Second Fiddle Isn’t So Bad In This Pony

When the 2024 Ford Mustang lineup made its debut late last year, it was evident that a broader transition was taking place. The Mustang’s two bitter rivals (Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro) were all preparing to enter retirement due to electrification for the former and a collapse in sales for the bowtie brigade. This means that the Mustang will once again be all alone in the traditional pony car segment and will have the market largely to itself for the foreseeable future. But what will this segment domination formally look like? If the 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse is to …

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2025 Ford Mustang GTD Blurs The Line Between Track And Street, Brings 800 Horsepower To The Party

Ford’s venerable Mustang has always been the defacto symbol of performance. It has been a champion of rear-wheel drive, V8 power, and a touch of Americana (the Mustang Mach-E EV being the exception to the rule. However, tightening fuel regulations are rapidly closing in on the Mustang. Before the company is forced to make the model formally comply, it has once again partnered with racing firm Multimatic to produce the all-new 2025 Ford Mustang GTD.   Mustang GTD Slays The Rumormill & The Track Before the model was unveiled, wild rumors (as well as an ill-timed leak) pointed to the …

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Fisker Unveils Bold Plans For Future, Debuts Alaska Pickup, Ronin Supercar and Pear

Fisker showed that it was off to a strong start when the company unveiled the Ocean all-electric SUV. The Ocean was a glimpse into how CEO Henrik Fisker would take full advantage of his second attempt at the EV market (after prior failures with VLF and the original Fisker company.) However, if the company wants to reach the maximum number of customers, it would have to expand the model lineup. Fisker has managed to do just that in a big way, with several models making their debuts during an event the company threw in California to help provide the Ocean …

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2024 Nissan Z Nismo Gets Reworked Aero Package, 420-horsepower V6 Brings The Fight To Rivals

The Nissan Z made a splash when it first appeared late last year. The stylish coupe helped breathe new life into a nameplate that was suffering from stagnation and the effects of power creep as rivals surpassed it in performance and technology. However, our brief drive with the Z also had us wondering what would happen if the model got more power and some of the unique benefits that come from the Nismo package. The Japanese auto giant has delivered the answer with the all-new 2024 Nissan Z Nismo.   Tweaked Z Nismo Styling Hides Track Ready Potential The core …

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Road Test Review -2023 Volkswagen Jetta Sport – Affordable Performance In A German Package

The Volkswagen Jetta is often considered to be the outsider looking in. With the GTI and Golf R lineup commanding the bulk of the attention from a shrinking pool of buyers, Volkswagen knows it has to think outside the box when it comes to occasionally when it comes to keeping things fresh for the Jetta. One of these efforts is the 2023 Jetta Sport which aims to inject value-focused performance into the lineup. But is that enough to help reel buyers who would otherwise gravitate toward crossovers?   Jetta Sport Styling Walks Proverbial Tightrope The Jetta Sport is one rung …

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2024 Subaru BRZ tS Debuts, Still Not An STI Model But It’s Pretty Close And Brings EyeSight To Manuals

Subaru fans have longed for an STI version of the BRZ sports coupe. While Subaru is still not giving those loyalists a formal STI offering, they decided to give them the next best thing, an all-new model, with the unveiling of the 2024 Subaru BRZ tS.   Upgraded BRZ Suspension Aims To Make Car Skate On Tarmac While the BRZ tS is not a formal STI model in name, it does come with several STI-sourced upgrades, including a beefed-up STI suspension with Hitachi dampers and a Brembo brake kit with gold-painted calipers at all four corners. The car also gets …

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2022 Subaru BRZ Limited 6M review by Ben Lewis

When it comes to driver’s cars, we love a brand that stays true to form. Oh, sure the newest Porsche 911 is huge compared to the original, but when it gets down to brass tacks, it’s still a sports car, pure and true. Back in 2013, Subaru and Toyota worked together to create a sports car, and the BRZ and FR-S respectively were huge hits – serving up the true sports car credo of front engine, rear wheel drive, in a tight responsive package. A bit larger than a Miata, a bit smaller and lighter than something like a Nissan …

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2024 Aston Martin Valour Mixes V12 Smoothness With Old School Manual Driving Fun, Only 110 To Be Built

Aston Martin is preparing to retire the legendary V12 engine from its model lineup, with the majestic twelve-cylinder being axed due to encroaching fuel regulations. We thought the DBS 770 Ultimate would be the V12’s swan song, but the British supercar maker has confirmed that we were wrong, and that the engine will play its final show in another model, the all-new 2024 Aston Martin Valour Victor Who? Aston Martin Looks To The Past For Valour Styling Direction At first glance, it’s easy to write off the Valour as a lightly reskinned version of the Victor coupe that’s currently sitting …

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Aston Martin and Lucid Motors Announce Partnership, Will Source EV Components From Lucid

Aston Martin has announced that it intends to create a future that BEV models will eventually dominate. The main question we had was where the company would get EV components for its models. The company has revealed the answer and has killed two birds with one figurative stone by extending its existing partnership with Mercedes-Benz and entering a new partnership with EV maker Lucid Motors.   Lucid To Supply The EV Backbone For Aston’s Green Future The deal between the two companies will see Aston Martin pay Lucid $232 million in shares and cash, with the upstart firm providing Aston …

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First Look – 2024 Maserati GranTurismo Modena – This Maserati Finally Has The Tech To Go With Its Looks

When we last saw the Maserati GranTurismo, it was in a rather sorry state. Its exterior styling (despite updates) had roots that dated all the way back to the George W. Bush administration, while its technology had just as many cobwebs to deal with. As a result, the outgoing GranTurismo was an odd duck that was rapidly falling behind rivals. Maserati knew that it couldn’t go on like this any longer, and it has unveiled the 2024 Maserati GranTurismo, which gets all-new styling while also getting a massive infusion of new technology. But is all of this enough to help …

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First Look – 2024 Lotus Emira First Edition – Lotus Says Farewell to ICE Powertrains With Best Sports Car Yet

The 2024 Lotus Emira is shifting things over at Lotus in multiple regards. The Emira is not only replacing the aging Evora in Lotus’s lineup, but it will also be the last ICE-powered Lotus to be offered before the British sports car maker fully switches over to BEV models only. We recently had a chance to spend some time with the Emira at a recent Cars & Coffee event at our local Lotus dealer, and we came away very impressed with what we saw during our brief encounter with Lotus’s newest sports car offering.   Emira Has Porsche In Its …

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Maserati Introduces GranTurismo PrimaSerie Limited Edition Model To North America Only 50 To Be Produced

Maserati is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the GranTurismo, and to help ring in the celebrations with a bang, the Italian luxury car maker is introducing the all-new 2024 Maserati GranTurismo PrimaSerie to U.S. shores with the model helping to spearhead the GranTurismo’s U.S. sales launch.   GranTurismo PrimaSerie Is Rolling Tribute To The Past When one looks at the all-new GranTurismo, it becomes clear that Maserati is out to reshape how its fanbase thinks about luxury. The crisp styling, as well as the strong emphasis on curves and lines, drives home the point that the GranTurismo is aiming to …

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2024 Chevrolet Camaro Collector’s Edition Signals End Of The Line For Chevrolet Camaro

The Chevrolet Camaro will be entering retirement at the end of the 2024 model year. Before it leaves, Chevrolet will be releasingone final special edition model to buyers, the 2024 Chevrolet Camaro Collector’s Edition.   Camaro Collector’s Edition Pays Homage To The Past While the 2024 Camaro Collector’s Edition is not the over-the-top farewell that some muscle car fans were expecting, it’s a homage to the past, with the model paying tribute to its Panther project code name, which was first used in the early 1960s. The Collector’s Edition will be available on all Camaro trim levels and will be …

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BMW Rumored To Drop “i” From Model Names, Potential Attempt To Clear Up Model Confusion

BMW’s “i” range of electric vehicles has seen steady growth in recent years, especially after a slow start with the i3 and the i8 models. The lineup is projected to grow and widen its reach over the next few years, which is good news for BMW. However, it’s also inadvertently created a culture of confusion among BMW buyers with the “i” also being used on ICE-powered models such as the BMW 3-Series, 5-Series, etc. A new report, however, suggests that BMW is solving this unenviable situation once and for all by removing the letter altogether on models moving forward.   …

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Aston Martin DB12 Pitches The V12, Embraces New V8 And Next Generation Technology

The aging Aston Martin DB11 was an elegant example of the time-honored tradition of combining V12 performance with Grand Touring luxury. However, The V12 couldn’t keep up with fuel regulations, and some of the interior technology was starting to age very rapidly. Aston Martin is out to solidify its place in the Grand Touring ranks with the unveiling of the all-new Aston Martin DB12, which will help usher Aston into a new generation of GT luxury.   V8 Is More Powerful Than Outgoing V12 The big story here is that contrary to what the 12-part of its moniker seems to …

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2023 Toyota GR Corolla Core Review by Ben Lewis

We’ve recently tested some interesting high performance vehicles, like the Kia EV6 GT, and Volvo S60 Recharge – all pointing to a direction in the future of hybrid and EV being the enthusiast’s choice, right? Not so fast.  We just spent a week in the Toyota Corolla GR – a fascinating confection of both old-world performance and modern technology, featuring good-old gas fueled technology. And this little car is one of the most thrilling vehicles we have driven in a long time. Yes, a Corolla. Buckle up, we’re going for a ride. A Corolla on Steroids We’ve always liked the …

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Acura Reveals 2024 Integra Type S Pricing, Confirms Pre-Orders Will Start May 11th

The 2024 Acura Integra Type S is shaping up to be a wild and potent tribute to some of the 1990s nostalgia that the original Integra was known for. With a turbocharged four-cylinder producing over 300-hp and enough style to make your camera lens melt, this breed of Integra certainly has all the right stuff. However, the one item we didn’t know about was pricing, but that’s now changed with the Japanese luxury car maker revealing the final pricing for the spicy compact.   Integra Type S Shoots For Value Dollar, Aims To Make Wallets Sing With Joy Pricing for …

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2024 McLaren 750S Succeeds 720S, Adds Polish To Performance Focused Track Weapon

  McLaren promised that a successor to the 720S was coming but kept the key details tightly under wraps, but at long last we finally get to see the next chapter in McLaren performance, with the British supercar maker formally unveiling the 2024 McLaren 750S which aims to deliver more performance, luxury and style to bespoke supercar buyers.  750S Exterior and Interior Benefit From Upgrades The exterior styling of the 750S retains some of the core DNA that defined its predecessor but a new front bumper helps channel cold air into the redesigned air intakes which are narrower and more …

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Aston Martin DBS 770 Ultimate Volante Drops The Top On Performance, It’s Already Sold Out

When Aston Martin first introduced the DBS 770 Ultimate coupe, it promised that this model would be the swan song for the aging 6.0-liter V12 that helped define Aston Martin’s modern era. However, while the world got to see the coupe, Aston Martin held the droptop Volante model close to the vest. That’s now changed with the British sports car maker revealing the DBS 770 Ultimate Volante for the whole world to see.   Same Performance Inspired Styling, Now With A Foldable Roof At its core, the DBS 770 Ultimate Volante doesn’t stray too far from the coupe version when …

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Bentley Continental Le Mans Collection Celebrates 2003 Win, Only 48 To Be Produced

Bentley might not hit your radar when it comes to Le Mans competition but it was over 20 years ago when the brand last won the iconic racing event. To celebrate this milestone, Bentley revealed that it will be producing 48 examples of the Le Mans Collection Continental before ending production of the sleek tribute model. Le Mans Collection Hits Victory Lane In Style At first glance, these 48 cars might appear to be nothing more than a styling package with each one featuring a large “7” in the front grille as well as a coat of Verdant Green paint …

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2024 Acura Integra Type S Reinvents Fast & Furious Performance, Type R In Cocktail Wear

When Acura confirmed that it was developing the 2024 Integra Type S, we assumed that it would not only be a throwback to the 1990s, but that it would also take the Type R’s best performance bits and add its own unique ingredients to the mix. The brand proved this assumption to be largely correct with the latest member of the Type S family mixing old and new traits together into one cohesive package.   Integra Type S Wants To Party Like Its 1999! The exterior styling of the Integra Type S shares some core themes with the standard Integra …

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2023 Lexus LC500 Coupe Review by Ben Lewis

There’s good design and then there’s great design. Recently Lexus asked if we’d like to test the LC 500, and it took a little looking to find out it’s been over 5 years since we were last in one. So, does one of the most gorgeous cars we’ve ever tested hold up over time? Let’s find out! Stunning is as Stunning Does Well, in the past 5 years, we’ve seen pretty much of an overhaul of the brand, just about every SUV (UX, NX,RX, LX) are new, and the IS sedans got a big refresh. And they all are leaning …

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2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 Crosses 1,000 hp Barrier, Starts At $96,666

Dodge unveiled six Last Call models that focused on celebrating the Challenger and Charger legacy, each focusing on a distinct theme. Some focused on celebrating design and style, while others, like the King Daytona and the Black Ghost, put the hammer down on performance. After a long teaser campaign (and engineering challenges), Dodge has saved the best for last, the 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170, the true pinnacle of performance for the Challenger.   SRT Demon 170 Revives The Demon Moniker For One More Ride When we last saw the Demon a few years ago, it was supposed to …

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Acura Confirms Performance Figures For 2024 Integra Type S, Makes 320 Horsepower and Debuts In April

The 2024 Acura Integra Type S is shaping up to be a potent introduction to summer when the spicy compact makes its way to dealerships. In the meantime, Acura has continued to deliver a slow wave of teasers including this latest one which reveals that the Integra Type S will make over 300-hp while also confirming that it will be debuting next month.   Potent Type S Performance Coming To An Acura Dealer Near You A key pillar for the upcoming Integra Type S is performance, with the company revealing that the model will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged …

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2023 Acura TLX Type S PMC Edition Gets Batman Inspired Gotham Gray Matte Paint, Limited To 50 Examples

When Acura promised to give the TLX a pinch of NSX supercar flair, the company followed through with the TLX Type S PMC Edition and some of the colors that came with it, including the latest addition to the color roster, Gotham Grey Matte.   Bruce Wayne, Your Acura TLX Has Arrived Even Batman needs a break from the Batmobile, and the TLX S PMC Edition is shaping up to be a compelling candidate. Like other PMC Editions, this Gotham-hued example will be limited to 50 units and will continue to be a largely designed-focused creation. In addition to the …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Lexus RC350 F Sport – Light Updates Keep This Coupe Fresh

The 2023 Lexus RC350 F Sport is an interesting entry in the luxury coupe segment. While the aggressive exterior styling projects sporty driving and track-ready prowess, the RC350 prefers to cruise through the motions with the range-topping V8-powered F model taking on formal track duty. But while the mainstream RC’s approach to the slow life has helped it maintain a presence in the marketplace, it’s also no secret that the model is rapidly aging and losing ground to rivals. But does the RC lineup as a whole still have a few tricks up its sleeve to help it stay fresh …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Hyundai Elantra N – Is This The Korean Civic Si?

Hyundai’s N division is out to prove that performance can come in all shapes and sizes. While the funky-looking Veloster N was put out to pasture due to declining sales, the company is hoping that the Elantra N can bring the fight to the Honda Civic Si and even the Volkswagen GTI. But is the 2023 Hyundai Elantra N the perfect anti-hero in a sub-segment long dominated by Volkswagen and Honda?   Elantra N Styling Takes Some Getting Used To The 2023 Hyundai Elantra N is carried over from the 2022 model year, and as a result, it gets no …

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Ford Announces 2024 Mustang Pricing, Starts At $32,215 For Base EcoBoost Model

Ford has formally unveiled the official pricing for the 2024 Ford Mustang lineup as the Blue Oval prepares to enter a new era in the long-running muscle car wars where digitization and electrification are rapidly becoming factors in the quest for performance.   Ford Mustang Pricing Crosses New Threshold, Comes With More Equipment The Ford Mustang was long known as a value-focused entry in the muscle car wars, but this era has come to a close when you reach certain Mustang trims. The base Mustang EcoBoost model will fill the value player role with a base price of $32,515. The …

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Dodge Releases Sinister Teaser Of Final “Last Call” Challenger Model, Promises To Be Epic

Dodge’s “Last Call” run of Challenger and Charger models have proven to be very good sendoffs for the iconic duo as they make their way into retirement to make room for Stellantis’s EV future. However, one “Last Call” model has been noticeably absent from the Challenger family with Dodge reps admitting that early prototypes had a tendency to make the engines explode. After remedying that flaw, Dodge is now finally ready to reveal it and has launched a series of teasers leading up to its debut in Las Vegas in March.   We Spy With Our Little Red Eyes A …

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2024 BMW M3 CS Storms The Track With More Power, Louder Styling And Less Weight

When BMW released the first-ever M3 CS model in 2018, the German luxury car giant claimed that the CS would be the pinnacle of M3 performance, with the 2018 CS making 430 hp and blending it all with the tried and true rear-wheel drive layout. The 2024 M3 CS aims to continue the legacy, but it does so in a big way, with all-wheel drive coming to the CS for the first time ever.   CS Styling Is Ready For The Track The core styling for the 2024 BMW M3 CS is carried over from the standard M3, including the …

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2024 Aston Martin DBS 770 Ultimate Is V12 Powered Swan Song To Iconic Model, Comes Loaded With Upgrades

The Aston Martin DBS was always considered the last word on performance regarding the iconic DB line of cars. The nameplate made its most recent return on the axed DB9, and it managed to solider on into the DB11 (Aston Martin skipped the ten and jumped straight to the DB11). However, the company knows that the V12’s days are numbered, and it has been celebrating its impending retirement not with a whimper but with a very loud bang. We first saw this on the V12 Vantage, and now the 2024 DBS 770 Ultimate will be the figurative last word both …

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2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray Adds AWD and Electrification To Performance Icon

The Chevrolet Corvette has always been the ultimate example of American performance. But not too long ago, it would have been blasphemy to suggest that electrification or even hybrid technology would find its way to the Vette, with GM reps in the 1990s and 2000s scoffing at such an idea despite making the occasional concept. But at long last, after a few teases, it’s finally happening with the unveiling of the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray, which brings AWD, electrification, and a pinch of flair to the sports car segment.    E-Ray Is More Than Just Electrification Chevrolet has big plans …

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2024 Nissan GT-R T-Spec And Nismo Make Apperance In Japan, Bring Subtle Improvements To Long-Running Model

The Nissan GT-R has had one of the longest production runs in the sports car segment. The GT-R, in its current form, first appeared in the mid-2000s and was last updated in 2019. After vanishing from the U.S. market in 2022, Nissan brought it back as a 2023 model (skipping the 2022 model year outright) and has now used the 2024 model year to reveal the most significant updates that the GT-R has received since a similar suite of tweaks back in 2017.   New Suit Of Clothes Makes This GT-R Better Than Ever While the core shape of the …

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McLaren Officially Axes 720S Supercar, Artura Lone Remaining Member Of Supercar Series

Following a small flurry of rumors, McLaren has confirmed that it has officially axed the current-generation 720S supercar as the British supercar maker seeks to add more hybrids and EVs to its lineup of world-class performance machines.   720S Leaves Big Shoes To Fill The 720S’s departure leaves some huge shoes to fill, especially in the performance department. We even had a chance to briefly experience the 720S during a weekend office visit. The 720S was always considered the most potent “mainstream” McLaren in the company’s supercar lineup and was only occasionally eclipsed by some of the wild limited production …

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Chevrolet Teases Corvette E-Ray, First Ever Production Hybrid Vette To Be Revealed January 17th

The Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray is poised to make its debut on January 17th, but before that happens, the bow-tie brigade has blessed us with another teaser for the green-infused performance machine which takes full advantage of Jack Frost and his snowy wares.   E-Ray Tester Promises To Debut Stealth Mode The brief teaser that Chevrolet released is a true blink or miss it affair, and while the rapid camera cuts make it difficult to see precise details, there are still a few things that will make this Vette stand out from its mainstream siblings. A major item is the addition …

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Dodge To Unveil Final “Last Call” Challenger Model In Las Vegas March 20th, Promises To Rewrite The Performance Landscape

While most of us are entering the new year with a fresh start and a proverbial clean slate, Dodge still has one final piece of unfinished business to attend to unveiling the final “Last Call” Challenger model. The mysterious Challenger was initially supposed to debut at this week’s SEMA show and was even teased during the 2022 Woodward Dream Cruise. But supply problems forced Dodge to cancel its SEMA appearance, with different rumors suggesting that the performance brand’s engineers were running into unforeseen challenges creating it. It appears that Dodge has finally overcome these hurdles and confirmed that it would …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Jaguar F-Type Roadster – Aging Cat Is Losing Ground To Rivals

When the Jaguar F-Type appeared in dealer lots, it was supposed to bring the iconic British luxury car maker back into the mix in the two seat sports car market. The F-Type was the spiritual successor to the E-type and proved so popular it managed to upstage the Jaguar XK. But Jaguar is navigating rough waters as it prepares to morph into an all-electric luxury brand. Can the aging 2023 F-Type still be a top feline in the sports car ranks, or is its age finally beginning to catch up with it?   F-Type’s Added Lipstick Can’t Hide Wrinkles The …

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Acura Confirms 2024 Integra Type S, Luxury And Polish Hides Type R Underpinnings

Persistent rumors have pointed to the possibility of Acura making a Type S version of the Integra. Acura preferred to stay silent on the matter but also chose to neither confirm nor deny the rumors. The standard Integra is already a sporty offering, but if this latest round of teaser images is to be believed, the 2024 Integra Type S is shaping up to be a potent offering for Acura when it arrives this summer.   More Power And Style For Acura’s Smallest Model The car featured has extensive amounts of camouflage, but the black and white wrap can’t hide …

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2023 Porsche 911 Dakar Brings Safari Spirit In A Factory Ready Package, Will Be Limited To 2,500 Examples

While a Porsche 911 may be the last thing that you would expect when someone asked you to name an off-road-ready performance vehicle? They do exist, especially in the coveted Safari guise. However, these conversions were largely done by aftermarket firms, with Porsche not offering a factory-ready version for customers that crave desert-ready capability but with a factory warranty backing them up. Porsche has finally answered the call and has unveiled the 2023 Porsche 911 Dakar.   Porsche 911 Dakar Raises The Temperature On Off-Roading The Porsche 911 Dakar might have styling that largely sticks to the 911 family tree, …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Toyota GR86 Premium (Manual) – Track Focused Coupe Provides Budget Friendly Fun

The Toyota Supra is easily one of the most seductive performance cars on the market today. Its show car styling blends with German underpinnings to create a potent track weapon. However, not everyone can afford the high price tag, so what if you’re an enthusiast who wants a good two-door coupe but has a decidedly smaller wallet to work with? Toyota thinks it has the answer with the updated 2022 GR86, but have the revisions Toyota made helped it become the perfect bargain track day toy?   GR86 Makes Revisions In All The Right Places The GR86’s architecture is largely …

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2023 Mini Cooper SE Hardtop 2-Door review by Ben Lewis

EV’s have come a long way in a relatively short time. Just a few years ago, your choices were mostly a Tesla or a Nissan LEAF. Other manufacturers were test-marketing cars, but the choices were limited. We now have electric vehicles offered in pretty much every price point from the Chevy Bolt, start at $26,595 up to stratospheric vehicles like the Lucid, Porsche and Mercedes all easy eclipsing the $100k mark. The truth is, if EV’s are really going to make a big dent in the marketplace – government efforts notwithstanding – they’re going to have to be affordable. But …

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Dodge Claims Inline-Six Can Fit In EV Charger, Could It Hint At Hybrid Model?

When we last saw the next-generation Dodge Charger, it was during the 2022 Woodward Dream Cruise that the brand used it to headline its celebration of horsepower and the end of the road for the current generation Charger and Challenger models. Dodge reps claim that the Charger (and we assume the Challenger) will be all-electric for now, but a new comment from brand boss Tim Kuniskis appears to perhaps leave open the possibility of a gasoline-powered version of the model in the near future.   Inline-Six Can Fit In Sleek Muscle Car The comment came during an interview that Kuniskis …

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2022 BMW M4 Comp xDrive Convertible Review by Ben Lewis

While we drive a lot of cars, we’d say we never get jaded. In fact, the opposite is true – we’re always excited to get our hands on the latest and greatest. But sometimes we have to do a gut check. Take this beautiful M4 convertible. Over 500 horsepower. Gulp! Over $100k as tested. Double gulp. So, is this an approachable high-performance vehicle, or are we in over our heads? Well, let’s find out. Stone Cold Serious This is one serious looking piece of driving hardware. OK, you might argue that a convertible version of an M4 Competition seems a …

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Audi Says Adios To V10 With 2022 R8 GT Model, Most Potent R8 Variant Yet

Audi’s 5.2 liter V10 has been a long running staple in the R8 supercar especially after it punted the V8 out of the engine lineup several years back. But the mighty ten cylinder is also a dinosaur from an era where fuel economy was placed in the backseat and displacement and horsepower reigned supreme in the performance car scene. That means it’s now unable to comply with pending fuel economy regulations but Audi is sending it out now with a whimper, but a bang with the all-new 2022 Audi R8 GT   Familiar Name Signifies Beefier Performance While the=is version …

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Maserati GranTurismo Sharpens Its Image, Folgore EV Marks Milestone

The Maserati GranTurismo was once known for being one of the oldest models in Maserati’s lineup. Combining the classic sports car layout with a Ferrari sourced V8, the coupe was a stylish throwback to an era where cylinders, luxury, and style defined the GT segment. However, it’s interior technology was aging rapidly and electrification has become a must have item for well heeled buyers. After a short break, the revived GranTurismo returns, and it’s aiming to reclaim its status as a class-leading GT offering.   Sleek GranTurismo Styling Combines Traits From The Past And Present At first glance, you might …

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2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost Pays Homage To Iconic Motor City Legend, Only 300 To Be Built

We are nearing the end of Dodge’s Last Call model series. While some have been mere style packages, others have packed some serious performance under their chiseled hoods. The 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost is the latter and not only does it ay homage to a Detroit racing legend, but also ups the horsepower ante too.   Black Ghost Story Goes Back Seven Decades The story of the original Black Ghost begins back in the 1970s, long before Woodward Avenue became known for the Woodward Dream Cruise and the swarms of Royal Oak Police department officers that often accompany it. …

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2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse Emerges As New Range Topper, Sinister Pony Promises 500 Plus Horsepower

The 2024 Ford Mustang certainly made plenty of waves when it made its debut in the heart of the Motor City. It turns out that Ford had a surprise up its sleeve with the debut of the all-new Dark Horse model which will not only be the new range topping model in the main Mustang family, but it will also be the most powerful model too.   Three Year Dark Horse Project Produces A Performance Filled Monster Ford revealed that the Dark Horse was a three year project in the making and was designed to redefine the level of performance …

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Maserati Shows Off GranTurismo Design, Confirms Nettuno V6 Will Be On Board And Adds Nice Livery

Maserati may have not formally unveiled the all-new GranTurismo coupe just yet, but that doesn’t mean the company is willing to sit idly by and let some of its rivals command the global spotlight. The company has decided to show off the car early and not only added a nifty livery to it, but also confirmed that the Nettuno V6 will be coming along for the ride too.   GranTurismo Walks The Cat Walk With New Livery Package Maserati claims that the GranTurismo is the “true icon” of Maserati and that’s reflected in some of the styling that this coupe …

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2024 Ford Mustang Embraces New Technology And Beefier Performance In Quest For Muscle Car Supremacy

It’s not often that we get to see the debut of an all-new Ford Mustang. The last time we saw an all-new Mustang was back in 2015 when the sixth generation Mustang made its global debut (minus the heavily camouflaged one we saw at Woodward.) The model has aged well since then, but the steady march of technology and progress has begun to expose a few wrinkles in its muscle car ambitions. Ford is out to show that the Mustang still has youth and vigor and it has done so with the unveiling of the 2024 Ford Mustang, which leaps …

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Road Test Review – 2022 BMW M340i xDrive – The Four Door Toyota Supra?

It’s a classic case of sibling rivalry in the world of BMW. While the M3, M5, and other formal M models continue to be the range toppers in their respective model families, the M Performance models have always been the figurative middle children. Designed to deliver M-level performance at a more approachable price point these models are the perfect balancing act, but they can sometimes fall behind the spotlight when their fire-breathing M cousins are wheeled in. That includes the 2022 BMW M340i, which aims to deliver an alternative slice of performance. But can it accomplish this goal, and is …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Toyota Supra 3.0 Premium – BMW DNA Creates Disitnct Performance Coupe Offering

The Toyota Supra has always been an enigma in the minds of performance enthusiasts. While the BMW-based iteration we know now is a far cry from the heyday models that defined the 1990s, it’s still a potent performance entry. This is due to the Supra managing to create a perfect blend of world-class performance hardware and distinctly Toyota design. But are these two pillars still enough to help the Supra stave off threats from traditional sports car rivals and internal competition from BMW?   Style Still Remains A Supra Strong Suit The 2022 Toyota Supra (2023 models are just now …

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2023 Toyota GR Corolla Pricing Revealed, Starts At $36,996 And Promises Budget Fun

The 2023 Toyota GR Corolla certainly did a good job catching our attention when Toyota unveiled it earlier this year. It caught our attention so much that this author is actually planning to buy one (no joke) thanks to its all-wheel drive system, turbocharged three cylinder engine, and its potent exterior styling. But while Toyota talked a good game about the GR Corolla being budget friendly, we didn’t hear anything about formal pricing for the fire breathing compact. Until now, with the Japanese auto giant revealing that elusive figure in an announcement earlier this morning  Core Model Leads The Way …

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Honda Reveals 2023 Civic Type R Power Numbers, Also Shows Off New Surprises

When we last saw the 2023 Honda Civic Type R, the Japanese auto giant offered what equated to a small sample platter to the masses of fans and loyalists. We got to see the revamped exterior styling that made the new Type R stand out in the crowd, but the company chose not to reveal what kind of power numbers this new model is capable of. Thankfully, Honda has finally delivered the main course and detailed this missing category and some surprises too.   No Hybrid But 315 hp Turbo Four Is Still A Potent Type R Trump Card An …

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Dodge Adds An Extra Sting To Charger With Revamped Super Bee Last Call, Will Feature Drag Slicks

As mentioned in our prior Woodward Dream Cruise coverage, Dodge is ending production of the current generation Charger and Challenger but before they leave, the brand is releasing seven special edition “Last Call” models to celebrate their exit as part of the broader Buzz series of special editions. The first of these was the Challenger Shakedown Edtion which was largely an appearance package that paid homage to an old SEMA concept from 2016. That said, the notion of “you can do better than that” must’ve struck a nerve with some Dodge reps because they not only chose to revive the …

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Play It Again Mustang, Ford Teases Exhaust Sound Ahead Of September Debut

We last saw the 2023 Ford Mustang at Ford’s display booth at the Woodward Dream Cruise; the company chose to generate some buzz by bringing a heavily wrapped-up prototype to the event. While we still have to wait a bit longer to see it in the flesh, Ford is choosing to take a piecemeal approach to the Mustang’s debut and has now revealed what the new Mustang sounds like ahead of the #MustangStampede in Detroit on September 14th.   Mustang Sounds Muscular In New Teaser Video     Ford’s latest teaser came courtesy of an Instagram video, but if the …

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2022 MINI Cooper S Convertible Review by Ben Lewis

We’re in the dog days of August, and while the days are starting to get shorter (booooo) the weather has been staying hot and humid. What better time for a convertible – especially one as fun as the MINI Cooper S! Even better, for 2022 the MINI has gotten a new look inside and out that promises even more enjoyment. Put on your sunblock, we’re going for a cruise! Undeniably Stylish, Undeniably MINI Well, you might worry that a new look for the MINI could mess things up, but MINI has always been such a design icon, we know that …

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Road Test Review-2022 Subaru WRX Limited – Is It Still The Budget Rally King?

It wasn’t too long ago when the world of rally cars had a significant influence in the automotive world. Subaru and Mitsubishi were the two titans in this war with the two Japanese firms always traying to outdo one another with the Impreza and the Lancer. However, these times have long since faded away, and with the Lancer gone and the WRX STI also pushed to the proverbial dustbin. Can the 2022 Impreza WRX still deliver fun to drivers while also complying with the changing times?   Half Baked WRX Styling A Far Cry From The Old Days @carlmalek #highschool …

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Ford “Unveils” Seventh Generation Mustang, Confirms Formal Debut On September 14th

It’s no secret that the seventh generation Mustang is coming, and with time ticking away until its unveiling at the 2022 Detroit Auto Show, Ford is just now beginning to reveal how it plans to celebrate the occasion with the 2022 Woodward Dream Cruise serving as the perfect backdrop for the start of these festivities.   Seventh Generation Mustang Teases The Public At Dream Cruise Before we get into the meat of Ford’s plans, we might as well compliment them on their boldness with the company bringing a seventh-generation Mustang to the media event with Woodward serving as the backdrop. …

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Dodge Charger SRT Daytona Concept Previews EV Future, Electrifies Charger Nameplate

It has been a rollercoaster week for Dodge and its legion of fans known as the “Brotherhood of Muscle.” The brand first confirmed that the current generation Charger and Challenger were being retired after 2023 while also revealing that the Hornet SUV would play a role in Dodge’s assault on the compact SUV segment. However, the brand is ultimately going to be a pure EV powerhouse, and Doge reps were keen to prove that they didn’t lose the meaning of fun as a result. While we get to wait a bit longer to see what a full-production Dodge EV would …

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Dodge Confirms Droptop Challenger, Simplifies The Order Process Too

As long as we can remember, Dodge loyalists have clamored for the brand to produce a droptop version of the firebreathing Challenger coupe, and for roughly the same amount of time, Dodge said no, and other than releasing a concept or two, the brand didn’t send any signals about a production version that emulated classics from the 1970s. That forced buyers to go to the aftermarket and torpedo their warranty. Dodge is out to change that by unveiling the all-new Challenger Droptop.   Dropping The Top On Fun In The Sun Is Challenger Droptop’s Forte Dodge was quick to reveal …

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2022 Toyota GR 86 Review by Ben Lewis

You hate long lines? Try being an auto journalist getting a Toyota GR 86 to test! But sometimes it’s worth the wait, because you know it will be worth it. So now we have the Toyota sibling to the Subaru BRZ we tested and loved. So how does it stack up? Let’s take a look! Fresh Interpretation of the Modern Sports Car There’s a strong family resemblance between the GR 86 and previous 86/FR-S. While the overall dimensions are very close, the new model looks beefed up and more aggressive. Most buyers will we be weighing the GR 86 against …

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2023 Honda Civic Type R Refines The Art Of Brawn, Comes Packed With New Technology

It’s not often that we get the chance to see a new chapter in the history of the Type R. While the model is technically in its sixth generation, here in the U.S. it’s serving as a sequel to the last iteration of the Type R which introduced the R model to U.S. buyers and finally brought an enviable slice of forbidden fruit to our shores. But the outgoing model was too brash and too crude in some regards for its won good. Honda is out to change that with the 2023 Civic Type R which aims to be a …

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Cadillac Teases Track Themed CT4-V Blackwing Track Editon, Will Make Debut In July

Cadillac’s success in the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship series has elevated the brand’s racing reputation and to help celebrate, it appears that Cadillac will be unveiling a special track-focused version of the CT4-V Blackwing but what will the Track Edition bring to the table when it debuts in July?   Track-Focused CT4-V Blackwing Styling Raises Eyebrows View this post on Instagram A post shared by Cadillac Performance (@cadillacvseries) On the surface, it would appear that this model will be mainly a styling exercise designed to try and bring customers closer to the track-oriented atmosphere that the Blackwing is promoting. Cadillac’s …

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Honda Releases New Footage Of 2023 Type R On Nurburgring, Confirms Wait Is Nearly Over

Honda is confirming that the wait for the next-generation Type R is nearly over with the Japanese auto giant confirming that the updated model will make its global debut this summer. In the meantime, Honda reps have decided to deliver a consolation prize and released an all-new video highlighting the Type R’s recent trip to the famed Nurburgring Nordschliefe raceway in Germany.   Civic Type R, A Track Ready Beast The 39-second video that Honda released doesn’t offer anything groundbreaking here, the car is still camouflaged, and it appears to still have the chops to back up the checks that …

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