Turbo vs. Non-Turbo: Putting Throttle Response to the Test

May 26, 2016 0

From the June 2016 issue Turbocharged engines make big torque at low rpm, but those two numbers, peak torque and its corresponding rpm, don’t tell the full story, as boost pressure isn’t solely a function of engine speed. A turbocharger’s ability to make boost (and inflate torque) depends … read more

Mercedes-Benz’s Sensual Purity Design Philosophy Explained

May 26, 2016 0

The Mercedes-Benz Sensual Purity design philosophy may sound as though it was inspired by a bad erotica novel, but there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye—metaphorically speaking, that is, since eyes are literally what design languages speak to, after all.
For automakers, it’s important to … read more

5 Celebrities Who Own Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUVs

May 26, 2016 0

Introduced to the United States in 2002, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV has become the vehicle of choice for wealthy celebrities and business people, who use the luxury vehicle as a symbol for their success and social status. Also known as the “G-Wagen,” the G-Class SUV was originally developed as … read more

2016 Mecum Auction Indianapolis – Recap

May 26, 2016 0

The History of Mecum Auctions goes back to 1988 at the Rockford Airport, where the first Mecum Auction was held. Over the last 28 years, Mecum has grown tremendously, now being ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for collector cars offered at auction, collector cars sold at auction, total dollar volume of sales, … read more

Ford recalls 271,000 2013-14 F-150s for brake problems

May 25, 2016 0

Following a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation into more than 100 complaints about the brakes in 2013-14 F-150 pickups, Ford Motors has recalled more than 271,000 trucks. Nine accidents have been linked to the problem with no reported injuries.
According to the automaker, … read more

Kia Optima newly refined for 2016

May 25, 2016 0

2016 Kia Optima SX Rating:Star4 Star Star Star Star Price as tested: $35,315
Engine: 2-liter turbo 4-cylinder
Mileage: 22 city / 32 highway
Curb weight: 3,594 pounds
The classy and popular Kia Optima is newly refined for 2016, and while Kia made no major changes to the look and feel of the mid-size … read more

First contact: Ford Focus RS

May 25, 2016 0

The iconic RS badge has finally returned and it is more track-focused than ever, as it comes with all sorts of engineering goodies to make the “innocent” Focus one of the most engaging hot-hatches out there. And, at the end of the day, it will also let you crave for more.
I clearly remember the … read more

It’s 1972 and you need a cheap new family car right now. Fiat 128!

May 25, 2016 0

After a cross-country move in which the family Chevy van suffered a rollover, this 128 got my family back on wheels In late December of 1972, not long after Richard Nixon pounded the crap out of George McGovern and the final Apollo lunar mission took place, my parents decided to pack up and move from … read more

Americans Love To Drive Hatchbacks And Don’t Even Realize It

May 25, 2016 0

And no, we’re not talking about hot hatches. For years European automakers who also do business in the US, mainly Volkswagen, couldn’t figure out why Americans had little to no interest in buying hatchbacks. A hatchback offers more interior space, cargo room and easier access to it all via a rear … read more

Tesla quietly updates software to test new Autopilot features

May 25, 2016 0

Software updates are a necessary evil. On the downside, if you’re unfortunate enough to experience one during the workday, it can eat up an hour or more of productivity. And of course, sometimes updates change things that we actually like, ridding our devices of perfectly useful features. 
The upside … read more

GoldRush Rally ‘GR8EST’ Wraps Up In Spectacularly Tacky Fashion

May 25, 2016 0

Having lived in Los Angeles for nearly a decade, I’ve become pretty desensitized to gross displays of wealth. It’s all around me on any given day—a 16 year-old driving a Huracan is what we call ‘Tuesday.’ With all that cash floating around, what better way to flaunt it than with events like … read more

Review: the VW Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40

May 25, 2016 0

So, this is the fastest front-drive hatch around the Nürburgring?
No. Wrong Golf GTI. You’re understandably thinking of the visually identical Golf GTI Clubsport S, which has 306bhp and the Nürburgring champion of the world belt around its waist. Golf GTIs have got quite confusing lately.
Right…what’s … read more

Mazda Says It Will Build RX-Vision If You’ll Buy It

May 25, 2016 0

It’s another episode in the rotary saga; this time taking place at the sidelines of the Concorso d’Eleganza where Mazda showcased their stunning RX Vision concept.
Mazda’s design director Kevin Rice spoke to Top Gear about the design philosophy that the company wants to follow. “If you look … read more

Does BMW Offer The Coolest Paint Colors Of Any Automaker?

May 25, 2016 0

We think the Bavarians might have a legit claim to the crown. When it comes to our series on awesome automotive paint offerings we’ve already covered one German giant, Audi. But of the big German automakers, BMW has by far the best roster of colors. How did we come to this conclusion? Well our results … read more

2016 McLaren 570S M2B Edition

May 25, 2016 0

Launched for the 2016 model year, the 570S is the newest sports car to wear the McLaren badge and spearheads the company venture into an entirely new segment. Slotted under the 650S, it is aimed at the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo and it is one the most accessible McLaren models to date, surpassed … read more

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