forbidden fruit

  • 2007 Audi S6 Avant

    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. It’s a 2006 Audi A6 Avant body and chassis mated with 2007 Audi S6 bits. But this isn’t just some engine swap, this entire build was done the right way, and likely cost close to $60,000. It’s real. It’s here in the U.S. It shouldn’t really exist here, and yet, it does. The best...

  • 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
    2016 Lotus Elise Cup 250: Forbidden Fruit

    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...

  • 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    Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] is ending production in Australia this year, which means some impressive albeit outdated cars like the Falcon range of rear-wheel-drive sedans and pickups as well as an SUV derivative known as a Territory will soon be phased out.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

    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 aren’t willing to upsize to a proper SUV. We only get an A4-based Allroad here in the United States but overseas there’s one based on the A6 as well. Now, the A6 Allroad lineup has been expanded with performance-enhanced Sport trim. Audi’s new Sport trim is available here on the A8, and...

  • 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
    Mighty Micro: We Drive The Tiny But Fun Honda S660

    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...

  • 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

    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 Ludacris' 1993 Legend And Custom ILX To SEMA 2015 The Patrol NISMO was unveiled at a recent event in Dubai marking the launch of the NISMO brand in the Middle East, and it is set to go on sale in most markets where NISMO operates and where the Patrol is available. NISMO takes pride in ensuring its vehicles...

  • 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
    261-Horsepower VW GTI Clubsport 40th Anniversary Model Revealed

    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...

  • 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

    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 2-Series AT in the form of a prototype version unveiled at a BMW technology demo this week in France. It’s where we also saw the hydrogen fuel cell-equipped i8 and 5-Series Gran Turismo. Unlike the fuel cell cars, this 2-Series AT plug-in hybrid is destined for production. It should go on sale...

  • 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...

  • 2015 Peugeot 308 GTI
    2015 Peugeot 308 GTI: Forbidden Fruit

    The Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] Focus ST and Volkswagen GTI better watch out as French automaker Peugeot has unveiled a new 308 GTI that delivers upwards of 270 horsepower. The car is the high-performance variant of Peugeot’s 308 compact range and its development was handled together with the...

  • 2016 Opel Astra
    2016 Opel Astra Revealed Ahead Of Frankfurt Auto Show Debut

    We weren’t meant to see the new Opel Astra until the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show in September but following a leak earlier today the European arm of General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] has revealed the car in full. Right now we only have a look at the regular five-door hatchback but new versions of...

  • 2013 Peugeot RCZ R
    Peugeot Rules Out Second-Generation RCZ

    Peugeot’s stylish RCZ, often described as a French take on the Audi TT, was launched in 2009 after first being previewed as a concept all the way back in 2007. Sadly, the RCZ will be a one-hit wonder as Peugeot has confirmed there are no plans for a successor. ALSO SEE: 2016 Cadillac ATS-V...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Scirocco GTS
    2015 Volkswagen Scirocco GTS Debuts In Shanghai

    Volkswagen updated its Scirocco coupe last year and now the updated version of the sporty GTS variant has made its debut, appearing this week at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show. Like the original Scirocco GTS of 1982, the latest generation is closely linked with the Golf GTI and even shares its...

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