Performance

  • 2020 Kia Stinger GTS

    Leadfoots needed: The 2020 Kia Stinger GTS is only as restrained as the driver’s right foot. That’s according to its program manager, Eddie Rayyan, who says when the four-door hatchback goes on sale later this year, the 2020 Stinger GTS will be the first Kia sold with fully defeatable traction control systems. “Everything (can be) off...drivers can shut off all the nannies, and choose exactly what they want to do,” he said Tuesday. That’s in contrast to the Stinger’s current relationship with its drivers, which gives them a long leash, but one that still...

  • Land Rover Range Rover SVA Dynamic Edition
    2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition oozes opulence, boosts performance

    The name Land Rover Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition may be a mouthful, but this luxury SUV means business. Land Rover revealed the limited-edition 2020 model on Tuesday and detailed how the luxury SUV earned its rather long title. The Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography (SVA)...

  • 2019 Hyundai Tucson
    Report: Hyundai Tucson N coming with at least 340 hp

    Hyundai will reportedly bring its high-performance N badge to the crossover segment with a Tucson N. Not only will the compact crossover look the part, it'll have all the go to match, too. Auto Express reported it can confirm the Tucson N is under development and will debut within two years, which...

  • 2019 Lexus NX
    Lexus might build a performance SUV, and it could be an off-roader

    Some sort of performance-oriented SUV could be in Lexus' future, and the brand is in "active conversation" about what form it could take. It would mark the first time the F performance badge would appear on a crossover or SUV. Cooper Ericksen, vice president for product planning and strategy at...

  • 2019 Genesis G70
    Don't hold your breath for a Genesis performance skunkworks, boss says

    For a baby brand like Genesis, learning to walk comes first. Manfred Fitzgerald, who is the global boss for the nascent luxury brand, told Car and Driver that a high-performance sub-brand—a la BMW's M Division or Mercedes-Benz's AMG—likely won't come soon. "We're trying to set our...

  • 2018 Ford Mustang GT Peformance Package Level 2
    Is the 2018 Mustang GT the end of a performance era?

    The V-8 engine has defined American performance since Henry Ford stuck a low-cost flathead V-8 in the 1932 Ford. It made cars faster than their brakes and suspensions could handle during the muscle car era of the 1960s, got choked during the gas crisis of the 1970s, and came on strong again with a...

  • 2019 Lamborghini Urus, Palm Springs media drive, December, 2018

    Corsa Speed builds quickly in the 2019 Lamborghini Urus on the North Course of The Thermal Club outside of Palm Springs, California. I look down between turns 9 and 1, and the digital speedometer reads 126 mph and climbing. It feels like 80. Still, I feel I need more power. That’s what happens when you’re chasing Shinya Michimi, the 2016 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America champion in the world’s first super SUV. Not only can the Urus slay a track, it could attack a rally stage, pick up the kids and the groceries, and let onlookers know with no degree of uncertainty that...

  • BMW S 1000 RR with M Package
    BMW offering M Performance parts on its motorcycles for first time

    For decades, BMW's M division has stuck to vehicles with four wheels. Now that changes. On Tuesday, BMW Motorrad announced it will offer M options and M performance parts for the 2019 S 1000 RR motorcycle. BMW M parts for the S 1000 RR will be available via the accessories catalog, but a new M...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Suburban RST Performance Package
    2019 Chevrolet Suburban RST to offer 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8

    The Chevrolet Suburban Rally Sport Truck (RST) may not be a new thing, but the 6.2-liter V-8 engine under the hood is. Chevy has decided to roll out the RST Performance package as an available option for the 2019 edition of its largest SUV, the Suburban. Recall, the Suburban and Tahoe RST made...

  • 2019 Ford Edge ST
    2019 Ford Edge ST gets Sport mode with rev-matching feature

    Ford's performance line will grow to include the 2019 Edge ST this summer, and the automaker is really trying to amp up its family crossover. The 2019 Edge ST will include a dedicated Sport mode with a rev-matching feature when downshifting the 8-speed automatic transmission, the automaker...

  • 2019 Ford Edge ST, 2018 Detroit auto show
    Ford pushes electric cars, new performance versions, more off-roaders

    Performance vehicles—electric and gasoline—and more SUVs and crossovers are key for Ford's next few years, executives told investors Tuesday. Executive Vice President and President for Global Markets Jim Farley said Ford will streamline its small car lineup worldwide to help make way...

  • 2020 Tesla Roadster acceleration and Plaid Mode
    Witness as the 2020 Tesla Roadster goes plaid

    Last night, Tesla CEO Elon Musk surprised the automotive world by announcing the 2020 Tesla Roadster. The company offered those who put down a tidy $5,000 reservation fee on the spot a test ride in the future electric sports car. DragTimes founder and CEO Brooks Weisblat was among what appeared to...

  • Tachyon Speed all-electric hypercar

    These days, numerous supercar start-ups compete for record-breaking top speed runs and the most headline-worthy performance specifications. Add another one to the list with the Tachyon Speed, a 1,250 horsepower hypercar with an all-electric powertrain. Southern California-based Rice Advanced Engineering Systems and Research (RAESR) has been developing the hypercar since 2012 and it has some impressive statistics to back it up. The company claims it will reach a top speed of 240 mph and the 0-60 mph run takes less than three seconds. Its carbon-fiber body contributes to a trim 2,950-pound curb...

  • Genesis G70
    Luxury automakers focus on too much "stupid" tech, Genesis performance boss says

    Genesis' performance chief Albert Biermann had some harsh words for the brand's German rivals. The former BMW M boss of 30 years said rival brands invest too much in unnecessary technology, and it gives Genesis a clear path forward for quality and longevity. "It’s all marketing, first of...

  • Rumored Lexus LS F published in Japanese magazine
    Will Lexus bring an LS F to the Tokyo motor show?

    Lexus used the 2017 Detroit auto show to debut the totally redesigned 2018 LS sedan, but Tokyo may be the place where the LS earns its performance credentials. Posted to an Instagram by the user Jzsinternational is a photo from a Japanese automotive magazine with a caption that seems to claim a...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf
    A Nissan Leaf Nismo might be coming, eventually

    If there is one automaker that has embraced electric performance cars, it's Tesla. Not only has the Silicon Valley automaker proved electric cars can look good, be luxurious, and work as daily drivers, it's also shown performance is a breeze with a proper battery pack, big motors, and the right...

  • 2018 BMW M4
    BMW M3 and M4 to switch from carbon fiber to steel driveshafts

    The BMW M3 and M3 are about to become a little less special as both the sport sedan and coupe will switch from carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) driveshafts to fairly commonplace steel components. BMW says the reason behind the switch involves emission standards and future compliance. The CFRP...

  • Audi Driving Experience COTA
    Learn to drive a new Audi R8 on a Formula One track

    Then learn to fly in an F-22 while you're at it? Audi announced Thursday that it would offer to the public a driving program at Circuit of The Americas to whomp an Audi TT RS, RS 3, Q7*, or R8 V10 Plus around the famed circuit for an afternoon—or for two days. The racetrack in Austin, Texas...

  • 2016 Lexus GS F

    Performance driving schools are wonderful. A range of automakers have them to celebrate the performance of their hottest cars. These schools allow you to learn all about pushing a car to its limits, and possibly beyond, in a controlled environment. You'll have a wealth of knowledge and skill at your disposal thanks to the assembled crew of veteran instructors. Lexus hasn't traditionally been linked to performance, but soon, Lexus will offer its own performance driving school. Starting this fall, Lexus will offer the aptly named Lexus Performance Driving School. It makes sense. From the fun...

  • 2013 BMW M5
    BMW M Boss Says 600 HP Is The Limit, Manuals Not Long For This World

    Manual transmissions have fallen out of favor with mainstream buyers, but hardcore enthusiasts aren't giving up on them. So surely BMW's M division, maker of performance cars that specifically target the enthusiast market, will be a safe haven for the clutch pedal for the time being. Or maybe not...

  • 2015 Subaru WRX STI
    2015 Subaru WRX, STI Models Priced: WRX Gets Big Value Boost

    Subaru has at last put a price tag—well a series of price tags—on its redesigned 2015 Subaru WRX lineup. And at the same time, it's rolled out all the numbers for the 2015 Subaru WRX STI. With new features and much-improved performance, and prices bumped up negligibly if at all, the...

  • 2015 Volkswagen GTI (Euro spec)  -  Preview Drive, April 2013
    2015 Volkswagen GTI: Preview Drive

    We're hustling along in the all-new Mk7 Volkswagen GTI, on a tightly curved back road in mountainous Southern France. Just as traffic opens up and I can see a fair distance ahead, I raise our speed into the next bend. But it turns out to be a flat, decreasing-radius corner. I pull my line tighter...

  • 2012 Tesla Model S Signature
    2013: The Year In New Performance And Luxury, A Buyer's Guide

    Even though it seems like it should be impossible, almost every year the car industry brings forth new and impressive feats of engineering, packaging, and value. Faster, more efficient, more feature-filled, and better-looking--just as it appears the end is in sight (cf. the "horsepower wars"), one...

  • 2013 Ford Focus ST
    2013 Ford Focus ST: Sound Strategy Goes Brassy, Not Boomy

    If you've ever owned a high-performance compact car or hot hatch, you know that while they can be surprisingly versatile and practical for everyday driving and the commute, there's one thing that can completely sour the daily-driving experience: the exhaust note. Too often, go-fast four-cylinder...

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