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  • Ford GT Race Car, 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona

    It's long been known that race car technology eventually filters down to and improves cars designed for the road. However, the technology can also benefit the way cars are designed and the speed at which they are developed. That's what Ford is discovering by getting its race car engineers to work more closely with their counterparts from the road car side. Just one example is the sharing of a tech center built in North Carolina in 2014 originally to develop and test race cars virtually. However, Ford has found that the center's advanced vehicle simulator is also suited to developing road cars...

  • 2018 Nissan Note e-Power Nismo S
    Nismo starts EV tuning by upping power on Nissan Note e-Power

    We're yet to really see tuners, in-house names included, turn up the power dial in electric cars. Nissan's Nismo unit however has taken an early step in this relatively new field with its Note e-Power Nismo S electric hatch launched Wednesday in Japan. The car's electric motor delivers 134...

  • Shelby Series 1 being sold at auction
    Rare Shelby Series 1 could break the bank in Las Vegas

    In the late 1990s, legendary racer and factory tuner Carroll Shelby wanted to build a car from the ground up. His firm Shelby American designed, developed, and built the Series 1, and produced it in limited quantities. It's a rare bird to be sure, and one of the 249 built is set to cross the...

  • Mil-Spec Automotive Hummer H1 track build
    Mil-Spec Automotive has built a track-focused Hummer H1

    Just because a track build could be described as questionable doesn't mean we're not interested in learning more about it. Exhibit H for this discussion is Mil-Spec Automotive's new Hummer H1 that's been reworked on-road or on-track handling instead of off-road capability. Yes, you read that...

  • 2018 Audi R8 V10 RWS
    Rear-wheel-drive Audi R8 could return with supercar's facelift

    Audi Sport is out testing prototypes for an updated R8, and a rear-wheel-drive variant could return with the freshening. Autocar reported Tuesday that Audi marketing manager Linda Kurz commented on the return of a rear-driving R8. Specifically, she said the previous one, called the R8 V10 RWS (or...

  • 2019 Cadillac XT4
    Cadillac moving its headquarters back to Detroit from New York

    The Cadillac brand will return to Detroit after a controversial relocation to New York City in 2015. The brand's new president, Steve Carlisle, announced the relocation in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. The move back to Detroit follows the departure of former Cadillac...

  • Hennessey Venom F5

    The race to 300 mph is officially on. Hennessey Performance Engineering plans to begin testing an F5 Venom prototype in 2019, with high-speed validation testing by the end of that year. "We believe our car is capable of going well beyond 300 mph," CEO John Hennessey said. What will enable the F5 Venom to achieve such a lofty goal? The F5 Venom will be slippery (for a supercar) with a drag coefficient of 0.33. A 7.6-liter twin-turbo V-8 will blast it toward the 300-mph barrier. The engine is said to be capable of 1,600 horsepower and 1,300 pound-feet of torque, but Hennessey said it might not...

  • Dieter Zetsche during Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept launch at the 2016 Paris auto show
    Dieter Zetsche to pass Daimler leadership role to Ola Källenius in 2019

    A high-level executive shuffle is underway at German auto giant Daimler, parent of the Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands. Daimler confirmed Wednesday that longtime CEO Dieter Zetsche will pass the reins to current sales chief Ola Källenius in 2019. Källenius will also be responsible for the...

  • Teaser for 2019 BMW 3-Series debuting at 2018 Paris auto show
    New BMW 3-Series confirmed for 2018 Paris auto show

    BMW on Wednesday confirmed that its redesigned, seventh-generation 3-Series sedan will be unveiled to the world October 2 at the 2018 Paris auto show. Together with the confirmation, the automaker released a single teaser shot that reveals the outline of the car's grille along with the headlights'...

  • 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country
    2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country is proof SUVs aren't always necessary

    Volvo has a redesigned V60 wagon on sale soon, and just like its predecessor the handsome load lugger has spawned a more rugged V60 Cross Country variant. It isn't due until the 2020 model year, meaning the first examples won't hit the road until some time next year, and the only variant at launch...

  • Hennessey Chevrolet Silverado Goliath 6x6
    Chevy Silverado-based Hennessey Goliath 6x6 revealed with 705 horsepower

    For Hennessey Performance Engineering faithful that couldn't swallow the idea of owning a Ford-based Velociraptor, the Goliath 6x6 has arrived. It's based on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, and like the F-150 based pickup, it's powerful, off-road ready, and utterly bonkers. Hennessey revealed...

  • The last Bugatti Veyron Super Sport built heads to auction
    Bugatti reportedly considering second model line, maybe an SUV

    Bugatti is reportedly ready to expand its horizons and introduce a second line of models. Like numerous other automakers, the French marque is apparently leaning toward an SUV rather than a traditional sedan or second supercar. The news comes from a Autocar report published Tuesday, in which newly...

  • 2019 Saleen 35th Anniversary Edition Ford Mustang

    Saleen celebrates 35 trips around the sun this year, and it's marking the occasion with a Mustang-based special edition. The car is appropriately called the SA 35, for Saleen Automotive 35, and just 10 examples will be built. These days, Saleen is actually an automobile manufacturer, but the company began with a focus on tuning Mustangs in 1983, with its first Mustang-based vehicle rolled out in 1984. Engineering largely surrounded better handling characteristics, which the SA 35, based on a Ford Mustang GT, also embodies. In an announcement last week, Saleen said the SA 35 features a...

  • 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T first drive
    911 could be sole Porsche with internal combustion engine within a decade, says German report

    It was confirmed over the weekend that Porsche is done with selling diesels and will instead focus its efforts on electrifying its lineup and launching new electric cars. Soon, though, we could see most of the automaker's lineup do away with internal combustion engines of all sorts as demand for...

  • 2019 Volvo V60 R-Design
    Volvo V60 wagon sharpened with R-Design and R-Design Pro upgrades

    Volvo's newest V60 wagon is one handsome load lugger. It's a great alternative to the XC60 if you loathe the idea of driving a crossover SUV but still want the added cargo space, and now it can look downright sporty thanks to the addition of an R-Design package. Buyers in some markets will also be...

  • Franciscus van Meel
    BMW names new chief for M division

    After four years on the job, current BMW M boss Frank van Meel will exit the role. BMW has appointed van Meel, formerly of Audi Quattro GmbH (Audi Sport), to chief of total vehicle development. Replacing van Meel will be Markus Flasch, chief engineer for the new 8-Series. Evo reported on the...

  • 2020 Toyota Supra prototype
    New Toyota Supra could get manual transmission, but not in US

    The question of whether the new Toyota Supra will get a manual transmission has left enthusiasts guessing for months. Here's the good news: the Supra more than likely will get a three-pedal setup. The bad news? It's likely not in the cards for the U.S. market. Speaking to the Australian publication...

  • Teaser for 2019 BMW 3-Series
    BMW 3-Series teased: New generation of benchmark sport sedan almost ready

    BMW's redesigned 3-Series is almost here. The new sport sedan recently entered the pre-production stage at BMW's main plant in Dingolfing, Germany, and the automaker has given us a glimpse at the new design in a video highlighting some of the assembly steps. The new 3-Series is due out late this...

  • President Donald Trump in his new Cadillac “Beast” armored limo

    One of the perks of being the head of state of a major country is that you normally receive a heavily armored albeit still plush limo to ride in. And when we're talking nations the size of the United States, you'll find the leaders often receive standalone models you don't get in a showroom. Case in point is the new limo recently delivered to President Donald Trump. He was spotted with the custom Cadillac-branded car for the first time on Sunday leaving New York City's Downtown Manhattan Heliport. The presidential limo appears briefly in the video above at the 3:06 mark. President Trump, as...

  • 2019 Audi A8
    Could Audi revive Horch as luxury sub-brand to rival Mercedes-Maybach?

    Get ready for the potential revival of another historic German luxury brand. Audi is reportedly planning to resurrect Horch as an ultra-luxury sub-brand to challenge Mercedes-Maybach. Citing company insiders, Automotive News (subscription required) reported Monday that a range-topping A8 sporting a...

  • 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel, 2012 New York Auto Show
    Porsche is done with diesels–this time for real

    Porsche wasn't able to avoid the recent diesel emissions scandal that afflicted a number of Volkswagen Group brands, with a diesel version of its popular Cayenne SUV among the vehicles fitted with emissions cheating software. With regulators now tightening emissions standards and placing extra...

  • Amazon Echo Auto
    Amazon Echo Auto gives nearly any car Alexa capability

    Amazon's family of Alexa-connected devices is ready for a road trip. The online retailer and technology company announced Thursday its Echo Auto, which brings Alexa and its voice controls to the car. Some automakers offer Alexa voice control built-in to their infotainment systems, but for millions...

  • 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel 12
    2019 Ram 1500 Rebel 12 intersects off-roading and upscale

    Ram has added a dose of luxury to its popular off-road 1500 Rebel model. The brand announced Friday the 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel 12 package, which combines some of Ram's luxury and technology features with the off-road capability of the Rebel. The 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel 12 begins life as a standard Rebel...

  • 2018 Kahn Design Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR Pace Car
    Kahn Design builds wild Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

    Land Rover's brilliant Range Rover Sport SVR is already quite the wild beast but this latest take from Kahn Design significantly ups the wow factor. It's called the Range Rover Sport SVR Pace Car, and like the vehicle it's based on it's been developed to offer the perfect blend of luxury and...

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