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I Have Determined The Correct Amount Of Horsepower

There are often, sadly, engines that have too little horsepower. There are often, disconcertingly, engines with <i>too much</i> horsepower. Through extensive …

Sports Cars

Toyota enters Rally America with modified RAV4

Rally cars are typically based on production hatchbacks, but Toyota is hitting the Rally America series this year with the RAV4 you see here.<p>Entering the 2WD-Open Class (yes, it's front-wheel drive), this specially prepared RAV4 rally machine is being revealed at the Monster Energy Supercross …

Las Vegas

Three Ultra-Rare Mercedes-Benz SLR McLarens Spotted in Stuttgart

Such is the pace at AMG these days that in the six years since the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss came and went, we’ve been treated to the be-gullwinged SLS AMG plus the more conventionally doored AMG GT S. In 2005, we clocked a 617-hp hardtop SLR to 60 in 3.6 seconds. This year, we …

Roadsters

By the Numbers: Audi vs. Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren – Feature

Audi<br>R8 V-10 Plus<p>Ferrari<br>488GTB<p>Lamborghini<br>Huracán<p>McLaren<br>650S<p><b>Base Price:</b><p>$190,000<p>$250,000<p>$240,000<p>$270,000<p><b>Power:</b><p>610 horsepower<p>661 horsepower<p>602 horsepower<p>641 horsepower<p><b>Torque:</b><p>413 pound-feet<p>561 pound-feet<p>413 pound-feet<p>500 pound-feet<p><b>Curb Weight:</b><p>3550 pounds<p>3400 pounds<p>3500 pounds<p>3050 pounds<p>Prices and curb …

Sports Cars

Peugeot 308 R Hybrid plugs in 500 horses for Shanghai

There may have been a time when buyers had to choose between hybrid propulsion and performance prowess, but if the latest generation of hybrid hypercars have come to teach us anything, it's that those times are disappearing like so many lane markers on the road behind us. And Peugeot is embodying …

Le Mans

Release the Falcons! Startech Turn Range Rover into High-Style Hauler

Some of the weirdest tuner projects are answers to unasked questions. In this respect, Startech, the sister operation to Brabus, has delivered.<p>Built for display at the Shanghai auto show, and available to deep-pocketed bored guys, the Startech Pickup is what happens when you break out the Homelite …

Land Rover Range Rover

Subaru forecasts 540k US sales in 2015, 940k worldwide

In the past few years, growth for Subaru in the US has only been rocketing upward. The company went from selling 336,441 cars in 2012 to 513,693 in 2014, easily beating its own forecast. In fact with a 21 percent gain, the region was the automaker's largest expanding major market worldwide. The …

North America

Saleen says it's out of money, owes millions

Saleen Automotive is best known for building hot numbers including countless tuned Ford Mustang muscle cars, and more recently, for offering a custom version of the Tesla Model S. Unfortunately, the company needs a huge infusion of cash even faster than its cars if it wants to stay on the road …

Turbo Slider: 2015 Subaru STI Rally America car gets sideways

Before it debuts at Sno-Drift, Higgins showed it off for us.<p>Senior Editor Jason Cammisa is desperately trying to stay warm in the wilds of New Hampshire at Team O'Neill Rally School. He's there with Subaru, hanging out with the instructors and watching David Higgins abuse the brand-spanking-new …

New Hampshire

Ford Focus ST diesel estate in track showdown with Focus ST hatch

Diesel hot hatches are still a concept that's gaining ground. Obviously, there are none for sale in the US, but European buyers have the choice of at least the Volkswagen Golf GTD and Ford Focus ST Diesel. What better way to find out how the new, high-performance oil-burner really stacks up than …

Ford Motor Company

A Million-Dollar Robot Suit Is Available On Amazon Japan

A few years ago we wrote about something called a Kuratas, a robotic mech suit that allowed the wearer to fire a BB Gatling gun whenever they smile at their soon-to-be vanquished enemies. When it appeared in 2012 everyone thought it was a funny joke. Now it’s available on Amazon Japan for $1 …

Robotics

The secret racing test tunnel no one wants to talk about

Lost in rural Pennsylvania, hidden from prying eyes, there is a tunnel.<p><b>SOME 300 FEET BELOW MY</b> perch, a road disappeared into the side of a mountain. I made my way down the heavily wooded, steep slope, sliding as often as walking. My shoes filled with dirt that was still moist from the spring …

Motorsport

The 10 Most Beautiful Cars You Could Buy Right Now

The pretty boys we want in our garage.

Motor Trend's Favorite Cars We Drove In 2014 - Motor Trend

We test hundreds of cars a year. Some are quite memorable, such as this year’s Dodge Challenger Hellcat, which two of our editors picked as their favorite ride of the year. Let’s take a look at the cars and trucks we liked in 2014.<p>2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat<p>The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat …

Alfa Romeo

Top Gear names BMW i8 Car of the Year, Corvette, Ferrari, Mercedes also win big

The lads at <i>Top Gear</i> have released their listing of the finest cars of the past year, handing the ultimate honor to BMW's revolutionary i8 plug-in-hybrid supercar.<p>"The i8 is a milestone in the annals of automotive history and a glorious statement for an exciting and positive future. The i8 delivers …

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This GIF Of Magnetic Putty 'Eating' A Piece Of Metal Is Mesmerizing

File this one under "Coolest thing we've seen all day": a cube of magnetic putty swallowing a smaller cube of metal whole.<p>We first saw this on r/woahdude, a section of Reddit dedicated to "Trippy & mesmerizing games, video, audio & images that make you go 'woah dude!'" Yes, we know they misspelled …

Time-lapse Photography

Cars And Trucks With The Highest Resale Values

We’ve long preached the gospel of maximizing the value of one’s automotive investment by choosing a vehicle that inherently delivers the lowest long-term ownership costs, including fuel economy, insurance premiums, maintenance and repair costs and depreciation. The latter is an often overlooked, …

Subaru launches STI-tuned Forester tS in Japan

Subaru Tecnica International, better known by its initials, STI, has finally unveiled its work at tuning the Forester into a higher performance machine. Unfortunately while tweaks to the suspension and styling are plentiful, it's not clear how much acceleration is going to improve from just a few …

Land Rover to lodge complaint with China over LandWind's Evoque copycat

Despite its position as a communist state, the People's Republic of China has taken a decidedly laissez-faire attitude towards copyright infringement. It's why, as evidenced in an old episode of <i>Top Gear</i>, you can buy a fake Omega, wear fake Ray-Bans, talk on a fake iPhone and drink at a fake …

Watch This Man Drive Around in an Upside-Down Pickup Truck

Area man Rick Sullivan sees a flipped-over Ford Ranger one day—and gets an idea.<p>Rick Sullivan's novelty license plate reads, "FLIPOVR." Good thing that one was available, since "WTF TRUCK" is probably too long.<p>Sullivan co-owns and operates a garage in Illinois. In the video, he explains that he got …

Russian pedestrian cheats death, dashcam records it all

Luckiest man in the world.<p>Given the history of what we have seen captured on Russian dashcams, little surprises us anymore. Then we saw this guy emerge from a situation that should have ended with his remains being scraped off the tarmac. Just watch:<p>The best part is <i>how annoyed he looks</i> afterwards. …

Tractor-Trailer