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We Hear: BMW i9 Supercar Will Celebrate Automaker’s 100th Birthday

BMW’s new lineup of I cars currently consists of the i3 and i8, which should be joined by other models in the future. A report by <i>Auto Motor und Sport</i> suggests that a BMW i9 is in the works, which would be a more extreme version of the i8.<p>The German magazine also reports that it would arrive in 2016 …

"BMW Supra" Takes Shape: Turbo-Four, Hybrid Power in the Cards

View 10 Photos<p>It's been two years since Toyota and BMW announced their collaboration to build sports cars.<p>Now, a source close to Toyota reports details of the platform and powerplant to be shared by the all-new Toyota Supra and next-generation BMW roadster around the same size as the current …

Plug-in Hybrid EVs

Toyota GT86 CS-R3 Rally Car to Make WRC Debut

The new Toyota GT86 CS-R3 rally car will be reliving the glory days of the Toyota Celica TA64 Twin-cam Turbo from the 1980s when it makes its official debut next month at the ninth round of the FIA World Rally Championship. Although it won’t be ready to compete just yet, the GT86 rally car will …

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat: Where it Stands in Speed

View 26 Photos<p>With all of the knee-buckling numbers surrounding the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, we were inspired to compile a few lists of the fastest vehicles currently on sale that we've tested, ranked by their quarter-mile elapsed time, trap speed, and power. In each list, the Hellcat …

Sports Cars

Unplugged Performance Shows off Its Modified Tesla Model S

The tuners at Unplugged Performance continue to tweak and modify the Tesla Model S. Earlier this year, the company unveiled its intentions to make visual and performance enhancements to the all-electric sedan and it really showed off its latest work at an event in Monterey, Calif. organized by the …

Is the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C a Miniature Supercar?

On the newest episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago gets some seat time in the svelte 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C. The 4C heralds the return of Alfa Romeo to U.S. shores, marking the first time an Alfa has been sold en masse in the U.S. since 1994, exactly 20 years ago.<p>Reviewers have steadily fallen in love with …

Tesla and Panasonic Finalize Gigafactory Partnership

View 6 Photos<p>Tesla Motors is set to break ground at two sites, one of which will be home to its new battery factory in 2017. Now, the automaker has confirmed its partnership with Panasonic for the endeavor. Tesla has yet to announce the location for its so-called Gigafactory, but it plans to have …

Tesla

2015 Audi Q3 Priced at $33,425, Slightly More than GLA

The 2015 Audi Q3 is gearing up for its arrival at dealerships this fall, and when they finally arrive, they’ll wear a sticker price of $33,425, which is just $200 more than the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA.<p>That price goes for the front-drive Premium Plus model, but for those who want to equip their …

Chrysler July 2014 Sales Jump 20 Percent, Jeep Grows 41 Percent

Chrysler Group finished July with its best sales in the month since 2005, racking up 167,667 units sold. Sales rose 20 percent beyond Chrysler’s showing in July 2013, helping the company toward its 52nd consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth. Year-to-date sales are also up 13 percent to …

Refreshing or Revolting: 2015 Ferrari California T

When perusing Ferrari’s recent lineup, you could hardly accuse them of offering unattractive cars. Sure, they may all be designed in wind tunnels for maximum efficiency, but Ferraris from this generation have blended both form and function seamlessly into a gorgeous and aggressive profile. Think of …

One of Three 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale Coupes Heads to Auction

View 27 Photos<p>A one-of-three 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale will hit the block at RM Auctions' Monterey sale during the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this month. As the sale's headliner, the rare Ferrari offers buyers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own an important piece of automotive …

Classic Cars

Gang of BMW M235i Coupes "Driftmobs" a Traffic Circle

View 6 Photos<p>Traffic circles are beneficial for a number of reasons. Not only are they safer and more efficient than intersections, but they also make for an awesome drifting playground. That's exactly what happens in "The Epic Driftmob," featuring five BMW M235i coupes driven by expert stunt and …

BMW

Hennessey Venom F5 Aims to Hit 290 MPH, Arrives in 2016

Just when you thought it was safe to bring your Bugatti Veyron Super Sport back on the road, the masterminds behind the bonkers Hennessey Venom GT have released information on the next iteration of the Texan hypercar.<p>Called the Hennessey Venom F5, the Lotus-based, warp-factor-nine-capable hypercar …

Top 15 Back-to-School Cars for 2014

Even with so many choices on the new-car market, finding a good vehicle for a student can prove difficult. A great back-to-school car should be versatile — ready for moving boxes, midnight pizza runs, and tight parking. More important, it needs to be safe and budget-friendly. For many students, it …

2014 BMW i8 First Test

The Future Arrives Today: The BMW i8 Touches on Generations of Cars to Come<p>Perhaps the revolution will be seen on TV.<p>The i8 was featured in the 2011 movie “Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” and now it’s finding its way into commercials. Soon it will be seen in its aluminum-clad skin on American …

“J-Turn” Host Jessi Lang Talks Horrific Autobahn Accident

A year ago, Jessi Lang’s dream life as host of <i>Motor Trend’s</i> popular “J-Turn” video series came to an abrupt halt. A horrific crash on Germany’s Autobahn left her with a shattered leg and several life-threatening injuries.<p>Today, in a very personal episode of “The J-Turn,” Lang discusses the crash — …

Armored Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard Will Protect and Coddle

The Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard is here, and its sole purpose is to coddle while protecting occupants from all outside irritants, whether it be rain or bullets.<p>The S600 Guard is the latest model to join Benz’s range of armored transportation that includes the E-, M-, and G-Class. That said, the S600 …

BMW’s Front-Drive Future: FWD 1 Series Sedan Coming to the U.S.

Slotting below the rear-drive 3 Series sedan, the new front-drive BMW 1 Series sedan is coming to the U.S. to battle the likes of the Audi A3 sedan and Mercedes-Benz CLA, <i>Automotive News</i> reports. Like the 2 Series Active Tourer, the 1 Series will be based on Mini’s new front-drive UKL platform.<p>Due …

2015 Lexus Crafted Line to Debut at Pebble Beach, Include TUMI Luggage

Lexus is introducing the Crafted Line for the 2015 model year, which will encompass several of its models. Crafted Line models will show off their unique interior and exterior treatments and matching TUMI luggage when they debut later this month at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.<p>Outside, …

2015 Aston Martin Vanquish, Rapide S First Drive

A Little Blue Pill From ZF Means 3.6 Seconds to 60<p>My driving partner is hustling the 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish across the scenic Scottish Highlands on paved, twisty singletrack narrow enough to require pull-aside-to-pass spots. Most drivers — even a fast group on street bikes — are yielding, …

TOTD: Which Two Redundant Cars Would You Consolidate into One?

We recently got behind the wheel of the 2015 Acura TLX, the automaker’s newest midsize sedan that replaces not just the outgoing TL, but also the TSX. The TLX attempts to offer TL-like interior space and amenities while retaining the fun-to-drive personality of the TSX. While the decision to …

2014 Lexus IS Long-Term Update 5: IS 350 F Sport

F Marks The Spot<p>We’ve now moved into the third portion of our unique three-model long-term test of the Lexus IS line, and we’ve saved the best for last. Batting cleanup (albeit third instead of fourth, as there is no fourth model) is the IS 350 F Sport.<p>Before we get into the numbers, I’ll explain …

2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD Long-Term Update 1

The concept of the continuously variable transmission isn’t new. How not new? Well, its history traces back to a guy named Leonardo da Vinci and a drawing done right around 1490. While I am normally a huge fan of da Vinci’s work, they all can’t be winners. In fairness, he did invent the thing …

Top 16 Hottest New Coupes on the Market

The coupe has been with us since the dawn of the automobile and shows no sign of going anywhere just yet. Whether a coupe was penned with two doors straight from the get-go, or designers lopped off the rear doors of a sedan to expand a lineup, automakers today have a number of stunning coupes for …

2015 Kia K900 V-8 Long-Term Update 1

Testing Real MPG on Regular and Premium Fuel<p>Daily driving a 2015 Kia K900 V-8 has its perks, but if there’s one element of ownership I would magically change, it’s the fuel economy — or the size of the fuel tank. It has nothing to do with the price of gas, but rather how much my time as a …

2016 Chevrolet Volt Teased, Headed to 2015 Detroit Auto Show

No official details are yet available concerning the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, but we’ve now seen the first teaser of the redesigned electric vehicle. At the 2015 Detroit auto show, we’ll be able to see the whole car unveiled. The announcement came today at the Center for Automotive Research Management …

2015 Cadillac CTS Updated With More Tech, Wreathless Crest

We named the 2014 Cadillac CTS the 2014 <i>Motor Trend</i> Car of the Year because it was an overall excellent package, but the automaker says it’s even better for the 2015 model year thanks to a number of revisions.<p>New onboard technology make up the bulk of the car’s changes, including an available …

We Hear: Sportier BMW X4 M40i Coming

We’ve already driven the 300-hp 2015 BMW X4 xDrive35i and now new rumors suggest the automaker is working on a sportier X4 M40i model with a more powerful 3.0-lliter turbocharged I-6 engine. Power is expected to increase to around 355-375 hp.<p>Unlike the larger upcoming X5 M and X6 M, the 2015 BMW X4 …

Ford Mustang SVT Spins, Kicks Up Grass at the ‘Ring

The 2016 Ford Mustang SVT prototype was spotted being pushed to its limits at the Nürburgring, hard enough that it even spun out and kicked up some grass in the process.<p>Looking as though it’s wearing a little less camouflage than the last prototype we saw, the Mustang SVT mule gave us several good …

Last Bugatti Veyron Legends Edition Honors Company Founder

Special Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Debuts at Pebble Beach<p>Bugatti will reveal the sixth and final Veyron Legends Edition model at Pebble Beach this month. Like the five previous Legends Edition models, the latest will be based on the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. Styled after the …