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Battle of the Misfits: Z/28 vs Viper TA vs GT-R vs V12 Vantage S

It can be bad, being too good.<p>In his postmodern novel <i>The French Lieutenant's Woman</i>, John Fowles tells us that the heroine, Sarah Woodruff, was "the perfect victim of a caste society. Her father had forced her out of her own class but could not raise her to the next. To the men of the one she had …

Sports Cars

Porsche accidentally confirms awesome Cayman GT4

The rumored range-topping coupe will be a reality.<p>Rumors about a razor-sharp Cayman GT4 for hardcore track day enthusiasts have seemingly been confirmed from an unlikely source: Sharp-eyed members of the Planet-9 Porsche enthusiast forum found the Cayman GT4 briefly listed on the Porsche Driving …

Porsche

Take a look at the Subaru Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo

A digital fantasy inspired by a dried fish.<p>Subaru has fully revealed the fully-digital Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo, which will find its way into <i>Gran Turismo 6</i> when the next update happens. It took up the mantle from the Viziv 2 Concept that debuted at the Geneva show earlier this year, but this is …

Sports Cars

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 diesel concept is amazing

Chevy better not be fronting, because this Duramax-powered offroader is awesome.<p>The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado has already, single-handedly, brought the smallish-sized pickup truck segment back from the dead. The Tacoma and Frontier have been the sole holdouts in the segment for years, and they are …

Chevrolet

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf R will not be cheap

And a manual is coming, but not right away.<p>At $37,415, the 2015 Golf R five-door nips at 2015 Audi S3 territory, yet R buyers know they're really getting the Audi with tidier proportions, a useful hatchback, and a $4580 discount.<p><b>READ MORE: First drive of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R</b><p>Both cars are …

Volkswagen Golf

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Absurdly fast, remarkably cheap

As the NASCAR boys say, this thing ain't dumb.<p>Let's review a few things: At $54,995 and 455 hp, the current, seventh-generation Corvette is a monster, a practical and almost flaw-free device.<p>Similarly, as the media is fond of telling you, we live in a golden age if you're building fast cars, you …

Sports Cars

The first 9-second 2015 Mustang is a bottle-fed beast

No forced induction needed for this 9.91 second quarter-mile blast<p>The 2015 Ford Mustang GT has barely hit the streets, but the folks at Bama Performance have already started building a dragstrip dominator out of one. What did they wring out of the new S550 Mustang? Oh, just a 9.91-second quarter at …

Sports Cars

The Chaparral 2X designers explain their crazy, beautiful creation

The future is now. It's in your Playstation.<p>Frank Saucedo sits down with a borrowed pen and a hungry looking piece of torn out notebook paper. "You're trying to prove I can't draw anymore!" He laughs. Saucedo is the head of GM's Advanced Design Studio in California. Behind him is the wildest …

Sports Cars

2015 Mini Hardtop 4 Door - First Drive

Four doors are more useful, but not necessarily more attractive.<p>If you accept that ever-expanding Mini is a brand, rather than a descriptor, this new Hardtop 4 Door—the car's actual, if uncreative, model name—makes perfect sense. Sure, the standard two-door Mini looks cool, but four doors are …

Automotive Design

Shelby GT350R, new Raptor, Ford GT expected to headline Ford Performance NAIAS announcements

Performance division to take the spotlight.<p><b>UPDATE 12/11/14: The new performance division is officially named Ford Performance.</b><p>The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350? It appears to merely be the tip of the spear for Ford, which may well have a performance onslaught waiting in the wings, ready to steal the …

Sports Cars

McLaren P1 GTR revealed: 986HP of extreme madness

We should’ve believed them. McLaren warned us it was preparing something extreme for the P1 GTR, but even the outlandish concept sketches didn’t …

Le Mans

Three Concepts for Bugatti Veyron Successor Being Tested

All good things come to an end, and that adage has never been truer than with the passing of the Bugatti Veyron. Now that over 430 of the 450 models in the Veyron’s limited production run have been sold, Bugatti is looking into a successor to the supercar — and it reportedly has three different …

Sports Cars

An 845-hp, AWD 1965 Mustang is how Ken Block wins everything

ALL HAIL THE HOONICORN.<p><b>UPDATE: Click here to watch Gymkhana 7 right now!</b><p>If you've ever bought a can of Monster Energy drink, I want to take a moment to personally thank you. Why? Because you helped make the Hoonicorn RTR possible. This '65 Ford Mustang packs a 410 cubic-inch Roush Yates Ford V8 …

Sports Cars

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 - Live Unveiling

The ultimate Ford Mustang has made its official debut in Los Angeles. Check out 19 photos from the unveiling right here.<p>19 photos of the ultimate Ford Mustang.

Sports Cars

Watch Ken Block try to scare Chris Harris in the Hoonicorn RTR

At the intersection of awesome, awesome, and awesome.<p>We love Ken Block and his gymkhana shenanigans. We love Chris Harris. We love the Hoonicorn RTR. We love ridiculous videos. This, friends, is all of that in one place.<p><b>WATCH THIS: 11 of the best Chris Harris videos on DRIVE</b><p>Remember, Block's …

Gear & Gadgets

Galpin and Fisker's mad Mustang science experiment is the Rocket

Low-volume, carbon fiber coachbuilt pony car penned by Fisker.<p>The 2015 Ford Mustang's shape is still fresh, but that doesn't mean that the aftermarket is leaving well enough alone. As the story goes, Henrik Fisker (who penned the BMW Z8 and his eponymous Karma) approached Beau Boeckmann, president …

Sports Cars

1970 Opel Kadett Drag Car

This 1970 Opel Kadet is a tubbed, extensively modified dragger running a 358 small block Chevy mated to a TH400 auto with high stall torque converter …

Quebec thinks your "hellaflush" cars are hella unsafe

Stanced cars will fail inspection, cause insurance problems.<p>Quebec didn't just ban stanced vehicles, but the province published an article on its government's road safety website condemning the practice of "hellaflush." Vehicle safety inspection regulations in Quebec already prohibit the types of …

Regulation

One man, one canyon road, one garage-built Corolla

The unintentionally amazing style of a car built for a single purpose.<p>This is Mark Still's "No Style" Corolla. Yes, that's Matt Farah driving and reviewing it, but pay attention to the road. You see, Still loves that road and he wanted something fun to drive on it, but he didn't know much about …

Elvis Presley

Even the domestic V8 folks can appreciate this 717-hp Silvia

That's because it's packing an all-American LS3 V8.<p>A car like this is usually a point of polarization between the JDM set and the no-replacement-for-displacement crowd. Is a 717-hp LS3-powered Nissan the missing link?<p>This is actually an Italian creation of Enrico Sartori's Brill Steel Motorsport, …

Nissan

Photos: 2015 McLaren MSO P1

Sports Cars

Photos: Toyota FT-1 Vision GT

Alternative Fuel

Photos: Toyota FT-1 Concept at Pebble Beach

Wearable Tech

Renaultsport R.S. 01: Like a French R8 with GT-R power

Street-performer looks belie 2425-lb weight and Godzilla muscle.<p>The foreign press is fawning over the new Renaultsport R.S. 01, Renault's new one-make-series entrant that will surely excite tens of French fans. The World Series by Renault's Renaultsport Trophy class is the particular flavor of …

Sports Cars

How to stow the 918 Spyder's roof

A place for everything, and everything in its place.<p>You might think Porsche's most expensive and complicated car would have its most expensive and complicated roof system. But that distinction goes to the gloriously mesmerizing robo-dome of the new 911 Targa. The 918 Spyder makes do with a pair of …

Carbon Fiber

Ducati powers the 168-mph Volkswagen XL Sport concept

How to make an amazing car more amazing.<p>The Volkswagen XL1 is the coolest new car I drove last year. And I just had a couple of minutes in it at an LA parking lot. Stateside drivers have no idea what they're missing, because it's the most special vehicle to come from Volkswagen since the original …

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Cup Car revealed at SEMA

The Miata Cup goes global.<p>Mazda revealed the Global MX-5 Cup car, based on the 2016 Miata, at SEMA today while simultaneously detailing a new one-make series that will run in North America, Europe, and Asia. The MX-5 Cup car will use the same 2-liter SkyActiv engine as the North American street …

North America

The 2015 Road & Track Performance Car of the Year

Decision: Impossible<p>Style Sheet<p>THIS IS A QUIET, WOODED PLACE. There are no homes here, no driveways, no mechanical noises. A thick canopy of century-old oaks and maples shades the afternoon sun to a gentle twilight. A graceful young doe noses through the soft dirt, searching for acorns, her fawns …

Alfa Romeo