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Motorsports and Maserati Enthusiast Doug Magnon Dies at 55

Douglas Magnon, founder of the Riverside International Automotive Museum (RIAM), has lost his battle with cancer and passed away February 4. He was 55. Magnon regularly attended races at the Riverside International Raceway before it shuttered in 1988. The raceway’s closure led him and his father …

Alfa Romeo

Volkswagen delivers with new Caddy van

As many models as the Volkswagen Group offers in North America, it has even more that never make the journey: models like the Scirocco and Polo but also entire brands like Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. That's the brand that gives us models like the Amarok, the Transporter and this …

Natural Gas

Kurt Busch and ex-girlfriend legal drama continues, attorneys say she lied on the stand

It appears that the legal dispute between NASCAR driver Kurt Busch and his former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll (pictured together above) might be nearing an end as attorneys submit final written arguments in the case. Driscoll is asking for a no-contact order against the 2004 champion for allegedly …

Did the new Audi R8 just get outed on Instagram?

While we can't confirm it officially, what you're looking at above, according to Instagram user dreboog (Dre Boogie), may indeed be the next Audi R8. We're expecting Audi's revised supercar to get its official debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, which would makes the timing of this leak make …

Audi R8

1971 Dinalpin A110 GT4

This 1971 Dinalpin A110 GT4 is number 99 of only about 120 Mexican-built examples made, and these 2+2 configuration cars have a slightly longer …

Classic Cars

The very last Bugatti Veyron will be shown in Geneva

Inside of a lengthy interview with <i>Auto, Motor und Sport</i> that dealt mostly with future Bentley products, Bentley and Bugatti chief Wolfgang Dürheimer said the 450th Bugatti Veyron will be at next month's Geneva Motor Show. That's a special number, seeing as it means the end of Veyron production …

F1 target of 1,000 hp by 2017 met with approval from drivers

More, more, more. Racecar drivers always want more. And among the many things they want more of, power is arguably in highest demand. And with Formula One teams meeting next week to discuss engine regulations, more power might just be in the cards.<p>"We are all up for going faster and having more …

Aston Martin sues supplier Envisage over copyright infringement

Automakers don't make the entire cars themselves. They typically design and engineer them, outsource many of the components to outside suppliers, and put them together at assembly plants. Farming out work to those suppliers can result in some leaks in the automaker's intellectual property, but …

Aston Martin

Bathurst 12-hour gallery is GT3 heaven [w/video]

The 2015 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour race was run this weekend at the Mt. Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, Australia. Race photographer Joel Strickland sent us a huge batch of photos, all of which make us salivate for the switch to GT3 rules in the United SportsCar Championship; the top seven …

Major League Baseball

Jaguar XKSS tipped to be next continuation model

After the Jaguar F-Type Project Seven, Range Rover Sport SVR, and run of six continuation Lightweight E-Types, the Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations (SVO) division is plotting its next historic resurrection, and there's a chance it could be the Jaguar XKSS. That's the word from SVO head John …

Classic Cars

Ferrari 250 California record headlines $28.5M Baillon barnfind collection

Barn finds arise from time to time, bearing undiscovered treasures hidden away in some shed for decades before being unearthed and brought to the auction block. But few have ever compared to the Baillon Collection. And now its liquidation is complete, bringing in millions in sales on the back of …

Classic Cars

Jaguars and Land Rovers to feature in 007's Spectre

James Bond may be more closely associated with Aston Martin, but Jaguars and Land Rovers have featured in 007 movies new and old. <i>Skyfall</i>, the most recent installment in the series, opened with Bond and Moneypenny ripping through the streets of Istanbul in a Defender and saw M being chauffeured …

Jaguar Land Rover

Two Owners: 75K Mile 1978 Ford Bronco

This 1978 Ford Bronco (chassis U15SLAJ4929) is listed as a two owner, 75k mile example with a strong running 400ci V8, smooth shifting auto trans and …

Nissan Silvia smuggler faces maximum 20-year, $250k sentence

Thinking about trying to sneak a JDM car into the United States? Better think twice, because according to the <i>Clarion-Ledger</i>, one man in Mississippi has found himself in hot water for smuggling a Nissan Silvia into the country.<p>Few details of the case are available, but the Silvia has a strong …

Nissan

Ford Mustang in China Has Smaller Engine, Bigger Price

It was 50 years in the making, and now, for the first time, the iconic Ford Mustang is leaving U.S. shores and heading overseas.<p>Last month, Ford Motor began exporting the Michigan-built Mustang to China, part of a new export strategy that will bring the famous pony car to approximately 120 foreign …

Sports Cars

Acura ILX Could Get Honda’s New Turbo Four, But Will the Tuners Return?

Acura ILX A-Spec: It may not be the top-dog ILX in the next generation<p>Acura is in the process of waking up its product line—and not just on the outside. At the media launch of the considerably improved 2016 Acura ILX, we asked Acura product planner Gary Robinson when we might see a turbocharged …

Automotive Design

Just like your winter commute, if you had a 900hp truck

Red Bull Frozen Rush 2015 is in the books, and it looked epic.<p>Just like your morning commute in the winter, the drivers in the Red Bull Frozen Rush snow race have to battle low traction conditions and be vigilant for sudden spinouts in front of them. Unlike your trip to work, though, they're being …

Commuting

What you missed on 2.9.15

<b>We drive the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf</b><p>Our man of the world Jonathon Ramsey puts an electrified version of the Volkswagen Golf through its paces. It's a Golf, but the powertrain makes it come alive in new and different ways. We discovered all of this during a week-long test in and around Los</b> …

Land Rover

Hobbyist hand-builds a tiny, running W32 engine

It took 2,500 hours to build from scratch, and runs so smoothly you can balance a coin on it.<p>Think it's nerve-wracking to assemble a freshly-rebuilt engine? This guy probably thinks that's cake.<p>Sure, keeping track of thousands of parts and making sure everything goes together in the right order and …

Hobbies

Congress, '60 Minutes' Exaggerate Threat Of Car Hacking

The connected car is under attack. Not from hackers, just yet. But from the media and policymakers at the moment. Last night, a <i>60 Minutes</i> segment centered on the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) work on security and privacy related to the Internet of Things trend of …

Cybersecurity

813-hp Rotary Engine Spits Flames!

If this lumpy, manic-sounding six-rotor monster sounds familiar, you might have seen it before. It’s Pulse Performance Race Engineering’s famous “6B” engine that they ended up stuffing into an RX-4 in New Zealand. This video is new to us, but it’s from before the car was completed. We know from the …

New Zealand

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Gains More-Powerful Engine Option

Mitsubishi only occasionally passes across our radar—Oooh! Look, an ultra-cheap compact! Ahh! They’re killing their only great car, the Evo!—yet here it is appearing as a blip on our screens. This time, the beleaguered automaker has announced that its Outlander Sport compact SUV is receiving a more …

Touchscreens

Jay Leno drives Magnus Walker-ized Porsche 911 GT2

When Magnus Walker and SharkWerks team up on a Porsche 911 GT2, magical things happen.<p>Magnus Walker is a legend among fans of aircooled Porsches. Alex Ross's SharkWerks gives modern water-cooled Porsches downright nasty power levels. When the two joined forces on a 2008 911 GT2, they created …

Jay Leno

2016 Porsche Cayenne GTS

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Porsche

2016 Porsche Cayenne GTS

Bring a heavy right foot.<p>We brought the wrong footwear. Warned that our first drive of the 2016 Porsche Cayenne GTS would take place in extreme cold-weather conditions in northern Sweden, we’d packed the same heavy, clunky, thermal-lined work boots that serve so well for walking a dog on bitter …

Luxury Lifestyle

Fiesta-Raptor Mashup Is One Mean Baby Ford

Imagine jacking up a Ford Fiesta to create a little CUV and you’ve got the Brazilian-market Ford EcoSport. With an optional 1-liter EcoBoost engine, this could be the most fun little thing to ever carry the dreaded CUV moniker. (Or better still, pop the Fiesta ST engine in there.) After all, the …

Autos

Rarely Seen Moonfish, Size of Manhole Cover, Caught on Camera

The opah, or moonfish, is a camera-shy animal that researchers know little about.<p>Its squat body and flimsy-looking pectoral fins may not scream speed-demon.<p>But the opah, or moonfish, is actually quite fast, and can run with the big boys like tuna and swordfish. That's just one of many surprising …