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  • Volkswagen Golf Estate TGI GMOTION

    Wörthrsee is mecca for Volkswagen enthusiasts. Every year, VW fans flock to Lake Wörthersee to share their love and appreciation for the brand. Volkswagen lets its hair down a bit here and offers up some delightful concept vehicles. A number of these cars are designed and built by VW trainees, and this year is no exception. This year the youngsters brought a reworked Golf wagon and a heavily upgraded GTI. A team from the Zwickau plant started with a fairly standard Golf Estate. Under the hood is a 1.5-liter TGI Evo 4-cylinder engine, otherwise known as the EA211 Evo. This mill runs...

  • 2017 Mini Cooper
    What do you call your Mini? The world's most popular name is...

    No one is quite sure what came first: the automobile, or a name for it. Giving cars people's names is as old as carmaking itself. Sure, some cars already have a name (Civic, Elantra, Tacoma) but those are mostly boring. Other cars have alphanumeric mashups that defy logic (XT5, Q30, X4 M40i) and...

  • BMW "The Ultimate Drive" app
    BMW: The Ultimate Driving... App "Social, Mobile Experience"

    Some carmakers would have you believe that it's no longer enough to simply drive around in their product, that driving is now a connected experience and one to share with a wider audience than just your passengers. To this end, BMW's new mobile app, "The Ultimate Drive" lets you discover the best...

  • Velocity TV logo
    Discovery HD To Launch Velocity Automotive Channel: Video

    If you're a fan of Mecum auctions, classic cars, or watching Brits bash beaters into near-new condition, you're familiar with HD Theater, which is owned by Discovery. Soon, we'll have even more excellent high-def automotive content thanks to a new agreement that will spawn Velocity, a new...

  • Porsche 918 Spyder Concept
    Jay Leno Gets A Look At The Porsche 918 Spyder

    It was a well known fact that Porsche was bringing out the 918 Spyder to Monterey and allowing potential buyers an up-close and personal look at the concept car. And while it’s nice to read up on facts about cars, hearing a true car fan getting to talk to the people behind the car is a nice...

  • 2004 Porsche Carrera GT
    Search For The Oldest Porsche In The U.S. Is On

    Just two years after the company was founded in Germany, a New York City businessman, Max Hoffman, decided to bring the Porsche 356 to America. Now, 60 years later, Porsche has become a legendary icon in the world of motorsport and has found its place in the hearts of countless Americans. To...

  • 2001 BMW M5

     The last M5 was a performance tour-de-force, coming with a V-10 producing 500 horsepower, an available seven-speed single clutch automatic gearbox, and plenty of road holding to create one of the fastest production sedans in the world.  Despite the amazing abilities, most people feel that it was a bit too complicated and heavy for its own good. The best M5 according to enthusiasts is the E39 generation, available from 2000 to 2003. The biggest surprise about the M5 was its 5.0L V-8. BMW engineers started out with the regular M62-series engines found in the 540i and added revised cylinder...

  • 2011 Lexus LF-A leak
    Autocar Reports That Toyota To Build Car In Memory of Naruse

    Hiromu Nasure died in automobile accident in Germany last month.  The crash occurred while he was test driving a Lexus LF-A equipped with the Nürburgring Package, went around a blind curb, and crashed into a BMW M3. The loss of Nasure was a large blow to Toyota. Looking back on his history with...

  • 2010 Ford Taurus SHO
    Autoblog Reports Upcoming Ford Taurus SHO

    It’s not unusual to see a company proud of one of their products, but Ford celebrating one of their Taurus SHO seems fairly unique. This year the Dearborn company held their 19th convention for one of the most unique sports sedans of the late 20th century. Autoblog was there to hear about the...

  • Mercedes-Benz W196
    Mercedes-Benz At The Goodwood Festival Of Speed: Mika Hakkinen Drives The W196

    Really dig these old cars. Nice! Mercedes-Benz brought some extraordinary classic race cars to Goodwood this year. The Goddwood Festival of Speed is an exhilarating weekend for car enthusiasts and professionals alike. Mika Hakkinen drove the iconic W196 that debut on the 1954 French Grand Prix...

  • Airbags
    Video Of The Week: Man Launched Into Orbit With Airbag

    For some reason the South seems to be where a lot of ideas are born. I’m not saying that these are necessarily good ideas, I’m just saying that they seem to come up with a lot of them.  In this latest attempt at achieving...something, this group of auto enthusiasts seen in the video below took...

  • 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder
    TPC Racing To Turbocharge A Boxster Spyder

    The Porsche Spyder is a car enthusiasts dream.  Only the truest of car lovers would lust after a vehicle that considers door handles and a folding roof as luxuries. Instead it focuses on dropping weight and doing a bunch of engineering tweaks for the best all-around performance. Kilometer Magazine...

  • Forza Motorsport 3 2010 Camaro

    Games such as Need for Speed require you spend hours on the game to be able to drive the much-anticipated luxurious speedsters that it has to offer. But Forza Motorsport 3 takes a unique approach to racing games by allowing you to drive one of their 400-plus cars right off the bat. One of the things motor sport games have lacked throughout the years is broadening their target audience to both casual gamers and expert car enthusiasts. Forza Motorsport 3 conquered that roadblock by implementing a variety of different game modes that ensure that the game is presentable to both categories of...

  • A Lotus Cortina Towing a Lotus 7
    Sports Car Classics: The MK1 Lotus Cortina

    In the very early ‘60s, special high performance cars were starting to come out from outside businesses, instead of from the factory. One the best and earliest examples of this came between the collaboration between small-scale Lotus and Ford Motor Company to produce the Lotus Cortina. The Ford...

  • 2008 Paris Auto Show
    Get Ready For The 2010 Paris Motor Show

    In autumn of 1898, Albert De Dion, an innovator in the motor industry, held the first auto event called the Paris Motor Show. For over a half century, the Motor Show was held on an annual basis until 1976 when it was announced that it would be held bi-annually in the years to come. Seeing that the...

  • 2009 Toyota FT-86 Concept
    Autocar Reports Toyota Bean-Counters Get Hold of FT-86

    The FT-86 is on all car enthusiasts’ radar. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe started the revival of imported, cheap, rear-wheel-drive sport coupes, in which Toyota responded with their FT-86. So far the car has only appeared in concept form, including a modified version. The lightweight, reasonably...

  • 2011 Ford Mustang V-6 technical
    Edmunds Inside Line Destroys 2011 Mustang V-6 Hype

    The 2011 Ford Mustang is the “it” car of right now. Not only has the 5.0 badge return in the form of the 412 hp Coyote V-8, but the 305 hp 3.7L V-6 is being praised as a performance bargain. According to Edmunds Inside Line’s Joe Oldham, enthusiasts need to look past the performance numbers...

  • Lexus LFA Nurburgring Track Edition leaked images
    Exclusive Lexus LFA Gets More Exclusive

    Track Edition Car Perfect For Track Days

  • Mugen 2011 Honda CR-Z

    Automotive News has interviewed the Honda CR-Z chief engineer Norio Tomobe about the latest hybrid. Apparently the CR-Z almost didn’t make it to production. Tomobe said during the interview that he had issues with coming up with a purpose for the concept car, which was holding back production. By giving it a hybrid drive-train, allowed him to find a niche in Honda’s line-up. This change allowed the blessing of the Tetsuo Iwamura, president of American Honda Motor Co.. Iwamura prevented the production go-ahead until he drove the hybrid version. However, the article points to what all car...

  • 2010 Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid Concept
    A Good Reason Behind The Influx Of Hybrid Supercars

    Hybrids are not a new idea, even performance oriented ones. In 1901, Ferdinand Porsche designed the first gasoline-electric hybrid car, the Mixte. Although slow by today’s standards with a top speed of 37 mph, it managed to break the Austrian Land Speed Record. Fast forward to the 2010 Geneva...

  • 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata
    Driving Enthusiasts Of The World, Unite!

    You have nothing to lose but an anesthetized driving experience. Long before I even knew how to drive, I knew that I wanted to drive a car with a stick shift. I remember my first experience with a manual transmission like it was yesterday.  I was a small child visiting my aunt in New York City...

  • 2010 Berger Supercharged Camaro SS

    550hp Supercharged Special Edition Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids Michigan will put together 20 of these high performance bad boys putting out 550hp, with as much attention given to the handling as the power output. Berger, known for delivering performance bow-ties through the past few decades...

  • 2009 Tesla Roadster
    Tesla Motors - Silence Is Not Golden

    Tesla Motors is making some noise lately with an impressive 700 Roadsters delivered and the announcement that they've reached profitability as of July 2009, but that's not the noise I'd wish they would make.  To a car guy like myself, who loves the sound of an engine and all the attributes that...

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