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  • 2022 Citroen C5 X

    France's Citroen has replaced its C5 sedan with a crossover, but don't expect to see it in the U.S.

  • Nissan Patrol Nismo
    2021 Nissan Patrol Nismo is forbidden fruit we want to try

    Nissan has a Nismo-tuned Patrol and with any luck we'll see the Armada receive the same treatment.

  • 2022 Volkswagen Golf R Variant spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2022 Volkswagen Golf R Variant spy shots: Hot wagon to remain forbidden fruit

    The more practical version of the redesigned 2022 Volkswagen Golf R has been spotted.

  • 2022 Renault Megane electric crossover spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2022 Renault Megane electric crossover spy shots: Nissan Ariya's French cousin spotted

    Renault is out testing a battery-electric crossover based on the same platform as the upcoming Nissan Ariya.

  • 2007 Audi S6 Avant
    Es-stating the obvious: 2007 Audi S6 Avant is the dream wagon we never got

    There are only two ways a third-generation Audi S6 Avant makes it to the U.S. It’s either a blackmarket car that was imported here and federalized at a completely absurd cost that isn’t worth it to make it street legal, or, it was custom-built. This 2007 S6 Avant is the latter...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE
    Driving the Volkswagen Golf GTE: Forbidden fruit video review

    Volkswagen has an issue on its hands with its diesel vehicles. You know this. The entire world knows this. That's because when you apply the suffix "-gate" to the end of anything, it automatically becomes a big deal. Diesels, however, aren't the only thing the automaker has to offer besides...

  • 2016 Lotus Elise Cup 250

    Lotus doesn’t plan to sell an Elise in the United States until the arrival of a next-generation model sometime around the end of the decade. Sadly, that means we miss out on all the new variants of the current model. The latest is the Elise Cup 250, which Lotus bills as its fastest Elise ever. CHECK OUT: Pagani Huayra BC Revealed, Honors The Late Benny Caiola It sports the Elise’s familiar supercharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, but now the output registers at 243 horsepower and 184 pound-feet. In a car that only weighs around 2,030 lb, those figures enable 0-60 mph...

  • 2016 Ford Falcon XR8 Sprint
    Aussie Ford Falcon To Bow Out With XR Sprint Muscle Sedans

    Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] is ending production in Australia this year, which means some impressive albeit outdated cars like the Falcon range of rear-wheel-drive sedans and pickups as well as an SUV derivative known as a Territory will soon be phased out. Sadly, there are no plans for any...

  • 2017 Volkswagen C Coupe GTE (Hui Dao) spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2017 Volkswagen C Coupe GTE Spy Shots

    Volkswagen engineers are out testing a prototype for what’s clearly a large sedan but we’re not talking about the next-generation Phaeton. The German automaker recently confirmed that its new Phaeton will only arrive at the end of the decade, so what might we be looking at here?...

  • 2016 Lotus Exige Sport 350
    2016 Lotus Exige Sport 350: Forbidden Fruit

    Imagine taking an already lightweight Lotus sports car and then lobbing off around 100 pounds of performance-sapping weight. That’s exactly what Lotus engineers achieved in the development of the new Exige Sport 350, which weighs just 2,480 lb, or around 112 lb less than the Exige S on which...

  • 2016 Audi A6 Allroad Sport
    2016 Audi A6 Allroad Sport: Forbidden Fruit

    Audi’s Allroad models are essentially jacked-up version of the automaker’s wagons that have also been fitted with a quattro all-wheel-drive system, grippy wheels and protective elements for the body. The cars are designed for those individuals seeking soft-road capability but...

  • Mercedes-AMG A45 World Champion Edition
    Mercedes-AMG Celebrates Mercedes F1 Title With Special A45

    With the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team and its star driver Lewis Hamilton once again the world champions, Mercedes-AMG has decided to celebrate with a special edition version of its A45 hot hatch. You may recall that the Affalterbach tuner celebrated last year’s title with a special...

  • Honda S660, Honda R&D Center, Oct. 2015

    Not many Americans know about it, but Japanese domestic market (JDM) enthusiasts are hoping Honda will bring its tiny new S660 roadster to the United States. Classified as a kei (micro) car in Japan, this lightweight roadster is powered by a turbocharged 0.66-liter three-cylinder engine that puts out a rather mild 63 horsepower. However, at just 1,840 pounds, it has the ingredients to be a fun little runabout. But is it? I had the chance to get a few minutes behind the wheel during a visit to the Honda R&D Center in Tochigi, Japan to find out. ALSO SEE: Honda studying four-motor EV, We...

  • 2015 Subaru WRX STI S207, 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
    Subaru WRX STI S207 Debuts At 2015 Tokyo Motor Show

    Subaru’s STI division is notorious for churning out special models offered exclusively in Japan, and the latest WRX STI S207 on display this week at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show doesn’t deviate from that pattern. So what exactly is the S207? It’s a stiffer, more powerful and much...

  • 2015 Audi A5 DTM Selection
    Audi Celebrates DTM Participation With Special A5

    Audi competes in the German touring car series DTM with a race car based on its A5 coupe, and in recent years the automaker has celebrated this participation with special versions of the road car. The latest is the A5 DTM Selection, which will be built in a limited run of just 50 cars and sold...

  • 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake facelift - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake Spy Shots

    The Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake only arrived on the scene a year ago, but the compact wagon is already set to undergo a mid-cycle update. That’s because Mercedes is updating all of its compact cars, including the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake. We now have spy shots of the latter in updated...

  • 2015 Nissan Patrol NISMO
    Nissan Patrol Full-Size SUV Gets NISMO Treatment

    The Nissan Patrol isn’t sold in these parts, although we do get its Infiniti QX80 corporate cousin. That’s a shame because the Patrol is a much better looking vehicle than the ungainly QX, and now it’s even got a performance-oriented NISMO version. ALSO SEE: Acura Bringing...

  • 2016 Opel Astra Sports Tourer
    2016 Opel Astra Sports Tourer Revealed

    Opel’s new Astra compact hatch will be joined by its Sports Tourer wagon variant at the official debut next week at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show. We saw the new hatch for the first time back in June and now we have our first look at the wagon. Other additions to the new Astra range should...

  • 2016 Volkswagen GTI Clubsport

    Volkswagen at next week’s Frankfurt Auto Show will introduce a new, more potent GTI hot hatch. It’s called the GTI Clubsport, and it’s been built to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original GTI’s arrival on the scene back in 1976. Previewed in concept form earlier this year, the GTI Clubsport is powered by the familiar turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine fitted to the regular GTI but its power output has been dialed up to 261 horsepower, up from 210 hp in the stock GTI. This makes it the most powerful GTI-badged Golf to ever be produced. CHECK OUT: 2017...

  • 2016 Audi SQ5 TDI Plus
    Audi Ups Power On SQ5 TDI With Plus Trim: Forbidden Fruit

    Audi is working on a new generation of its Q5, but to send out the current model with a bang the German automaker is launching a new, more powerful version of the SQ5 TDI model. The new version adopts Audi’s Plus labeling and makes its debut on September 15 at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show...

  • 2015 Honda S660
    Honda S660 Sells Out In Japan, Bought By Over-40 Crowd

    Honda has a hit on its hands with the mid-engine sports car known as the S660. The kei car went on sale in Japan back in April, and Honda has announced that the first year's entire run has been sold out. That is a production run of 8,600 cars and if you waited to place an order that means you've...

  • 2015 Renault Talisman
    Renault Replaces Laguna With New Talisman Sedan: Video

    French automaker Renault’s entry in the competitive mid-size sedan segment, the Laguna, has been replaced by an all-new model that bears the name Talisman. The car makes its official world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show in September, and in markets where it will be offered it will go...

  • 2016 BMW 2-Series Active Tourer plug-in hybrid prototype
    BMW 2-Series Active Tourer Plug-In Hybrid Edges Closer To Production

    When BMW first previewed its 2-Series Active Tourer back in 2012 with the Concept Active Tourer, it chose to fit the vehicle with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, suggesting that a gasoline-electric setup would be offered in the production version. Now we’re getting our first look at the plug-in...

  • 2016 Mercedes-AMG A45 4Matic
    2016 Mercedes A-Class Debuts, Mercedes-AMG A45 Now With 375 HP: Video

    Even in this era of engine downsizing and ever-present fuel economy and emissions regulations, the power wars are alive and well. Audi fired the last shot in the hot hatch arena when it lobbed its RS 3 on the market with a 362-horsepower rating, and now Mercedes-AMG has retaliated with an updated...

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