From the June 2016 issue Turbocharged engines make big torque at low rpm, but those two numbers, peak torque and its corresponding rpm, donât tell the full story, as boost pressure isnât solely a function of engine speed. A turbochargerâs ability to make boost (and inflate torque) depends … read more
The Lamborghini Miura is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and to commemorate the car’s golden anniversary, Lamborghini took out two of its very own museum-quality Miuras for a nice scenic drive on the St. Bernard Pass, the section of the Italian highway that was used in the opening sequence … read more
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
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
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
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
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
No dealership needed here. One thing we look for when searching out cars to feature on our “Craigslist” series is whether or not they are for sale by owner. The idea of a supercar owner posting their own ad and fielding offers just sounds cooler than a sales associate at an upscale dealership doing … read more
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
The official line is that the 570GT is “the McLaren of GTs”, yet the driving experience suggests there’s a strong case for labeling it “the GT in McLaren’s range”.
Paradoxically, you can argue that both statements are true. It all depends on where you stand on weeding out the 570GT’s true … read more
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
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
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
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
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
Following on from updates made to the 3 Series range late last year, BMW Australia has followed suit with that car’s two-door (and four-door coupe) sibling the 4 Series. Mechanical upgrades apply to nearly every variant, and spec levels have been fattened up while prices have plummeted.
The value-for-money … read more
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
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
Chevrolet has an impressive NASCAR résumé, to be sure, and while the manufacturer has dominated at different tracks, their record at Charlotte Motor Speedway is second to none. The Bowtie Brand has landed in the winner’s circle a record 43 times and in the season’s longest race, the Coca-Cola … read more
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