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2015 BMW M4 versus 2014 Chevrolet Corvette

The Chevrolet Corvette has been America’s sports car for more than six decades; and for the last 30 years, the BMW M3 coupe (now called M4) has been a balanced sports coupe well suited for duty on the street or on track. In this new video from <i>Automobile Magazine</i>, hosts Christopher Nelson and Jake …

Sports Cars

Can the MKC save Lincoln?

In the US market, a compelling crossover SUV is absolutely essential to the success of a modern maker of luxury cars. Lexus has some fine choices, as do BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, Acura, Infiniti and Volvo. Lincoln... Not so much. Until now, that is. The suave new MKC brings fresh lines – …

Automotive Design

Gunning for a Nürburgring record

This is a car with a plan. It's called the IM01, and it's being developed by students from the Technical University of Eindhoven and the Fontys University of Applied Sciences for the InMotion motorsport firm.<p>The plan? First, to smash the Nürburgring Nordschleife record of 6 minutes, 11 seconds (set …

Le Mans

Nissan Details 2015 Lineup Updates, Cube Fate Uncertain

Nissan has released details of the updates to its 2015 lineup, though one model is noticeably missing from the roster: the Nissan Cube. An inquiry to the automaker netted us this email response: “All I can confirm for now is that it’s currently available through model year 2014.”<p>Since its …

Nissan

Next Jeep Wrangler Could Target “Soft” SUVs

“It’s a Jeep thing” might be a statement that select people at Fiat-Chrysler don’t understand—but let’s hope not.<p>As quoted by <i>Automotive News</i>, Jeep CEO Mike Manley says that the next-gen Wrangler, which is due in 2017, would need to compete with “soft” SUVs and that not all Wranglers need to be as …

Fiat Chrysler

If you own a McLaren 650S supercar and are after the ultimate personalised number plate, the DVLA has some news for you &ndash; but be prepared to part with thousands of

If you own a McLaren 650S supercar and are after the ultimate personalised number plate, the DVLA has some news for you – but be prepared to part …

2015 Cadillac ATS Sedan Gets New Look, More Torque

All the attention has been focused on the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe since it’s entirely new to the lineup, but that doesn’t mean the luxury brand hasn’t paid any attention to the sedan. The 2015 ATS sedan also gets its share of updates, including a revised front fascia and more of the good stuff in …

Automotive Design

Recalls: 92,000 Ford Models Recalled

Subaru Recalls 8557 Vehicles for Takata Airbags<p>Another round of recalls has been announced, and this time it’s Ford that’s calling back a number of models to address safety issues both minor and major. The biggest of the Ford recalls affects roughly 92,000 models, and is meant to fix a half-shaft …

Puerto Rico

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 Manual

The last part of our 40,000 miles with the Corvette was great. The first part? Not so much.<p>From the December 2015 issue<p>Let’s get this out of the way up front: The litany of breakdowns suffered by our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 (C7) was simply appalling. Yes, we know a car is a …

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Questions Answered – Feature

Earlier today, we pressed you to give us your best questions regarding the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C, since we’ve got one sexing up our office parking lot this week. Our call for questions went out to our own Backfires members, as well as those car-hungry folks on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, and …

Alfa Romeo

Mercedes-Benz builds a glamper van

If Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs was reimagined for road trips, the elegant new Marco Polo – Mercedes-Benz’s latest take on the luxury camper van – just might sit atop the psychologists’ famous pyramid.<p>Designed by Westfalia-Werke, renowned for its classic “pop-top” Volkswagen van-conversion …

Marco Polo

We Hear: Bugatti Veyron Successor Could get a Hybrid

The follow up to the mighty Bugatti Veyron could sport a hybrid powertrain. Two sources from VW Group, Bugatti’s parent company, recently spoke to <i>Reuters</i> and shared a few bits of info regarding the Veyron’s successor.<p>The sources claim the car could come as early as 2015, though it’s not clear what …

Sports Cars

Tesla Model S Split in Two After High-Speed Pursuit

He's First Person to Die in a Tesla<p>A Tesla Model S crashed, split in two, and then caught fire following a high-speed pursuit on Friday in West Hollywood. The electric sedan was stolen from a Tesla service center, and was driven at speeds up to 100 mph on city streets before striking a light pole, …

Tesla

Ferrari's latest top-tier hypercar, the LaFerrari, is undoubtedly at the cutting edge of the sports car art. It, along with its hybrid rivals the Porsche 918 and McLaren P1 are not only amongst the fastest road vehicles ever put into production,

Ferrari's latest top-tier hypercar, the LaFerrari, is undoubtedly at the cutting edge of the sports car art. It, along with its hybrid rivals the …

2014 BMW i8

Destination: THE FUTURE.<p>A funny thing happened on the way to our first U.S. drive of BMW’s i8 plug-in hybrid: We spotted, trundling along in the next lane, a DeLorean DMC-12 with the inevitable TME MCHN vanity plate, a reference to 1985’s Back to the Future. Was this a divine prophecy about our …

Chrysler Posts Challenger SRT Hellcat 1/4-Mile Time

Since Dodge officially announced that its supercharged 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat would pack 707 earthshaking horsepower, just about the only things left to mystery are the car’s performance numbers. While we always gather our own numbers—and we’re <i>really</i> looking forward to strapping our test gear …

Sports Cars

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe

The incorrigible 4C is late, loudmouthed, and lovable.<p>Thanks to our crack investigative staff, we have compelling new evidence to explain why it’s taken so long for the Alfa Romeo 4C to arrive in the United States.<p>Sure, there was the delay outlined so eloquently by one Mr. Sergio Marchionne to make …

Classic Cars

2017 Audi RS5 TDI Diesel

Two turbos and an electric supercharger make this one fast diesel.<p>Are diesel engines and sports cars mutually exclusive? Most enthusiasts might say so. Compression ignition works well for long-distance cruisers, pack-mule pickups, and SUVs, and in Europe, there are even a few diesel-powered coupes …

Engines

895,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango SUVs Recalled

Chrysler is recalling roughly 895,000 model-year 2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs to rewire the vanity mirror lights due to a fire risk.<p><b>The Problem:</b> The wiring for vanity mirror lights in certain Grand Cherokees and Durangos can short out if the mirror or headliner has been …

Dodge

Drag racing, depending on your position, is either pointless car yobbery or a proper measure of a car's

Drag racing, depending on your position, is either pointless car yobbery or a proper measure of a car's potency.<br>> Your view of this age-old sport is …

2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe First Look

Twelve Cylinders of Luxurious Fury<p>If you plan on taking the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG coupe to the track, then we wish you a lot of luck. That’s because unlike the S63 AMG 4Matic coupe, the S65 version won’t have the added nanny of 4Matic all-wheel drive. But imagine how beautiful Benz’s new coupe …

Automotive Design

13 Automotive Game-Changers that Forever Altered the Auto Industry

There are dozens of brand-new and boldly or partially refreshed vehicles every year. But, with a few exceptions here and there, they’re all variations on a theme. Occasionally, though, a car comes along that either forces other automakers to follow or represents visionary thinking. Here are some …

Nissan GT-R

2015 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Denali 4x4 Crew Cab

This might just be the world's longest vehicle name.<p>Not so long ago, heavy-duty pickups were agricultural workhorses with all the amenities of a covered wagon. While the segment’s continual one-upmanship ensures that each new iteration is larger, tougher, and more sophisticated than the heavy-duty …

GMC Sierra

The sovereign of the S-Class

Clearly, conquering the puny humans of the world in Brazil was just the start. Now Germany wants to crush the puny human cars, too. Possibly with this: the new V12-powered Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe.<p>There are AMG fans for whom our V12 biturbo engine is the measure of all things.<p>We're not sure it's …

Automotive Design

VW's 2017 Three-Row Crossover to Be Built in Tennessee

It was never really much of a mystery that Volkswagen planned to build its as-yet-unnamed and U.S.-specific mid-size SUV here in the U.S., at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, manufacturing facility. But there were quite a few twists and turns to the story, which is to be expected given the vast length …

Chattanooga

Euro Audi A7 3.0 TDI Competition Marks 25 Years of TDI

Audi is celebrating 25 years of its turbodiesel technology with a special-edition A7 model. The Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI Competition sports a more powerful version of the automaker’s 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 as well as the S line sport package.<p>In the new A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI Competition, the …

Audi

We Hear: Nissan IDx Production Model in Limbo

Cube and Murano CrossCabriolet Eliminated<p>Bad news for fans of the Nissan IDx concept; Nissan Americas’ Vice President for product planning Pierre Loing says the company is having trouble keeping the price of a production IDx under $30,000. If the cost dilemma can’t be overcome, the IDx may not be …

Automotive Design

2016 Toyota Prius to Offer AWD, Lithium-Ion Battery

Toyota’s fourth-generation Prius is being delayed from next spring until December 2015, with the plug-in model postponed for nearly another year after that, according to a report late last month in <i>Automotive News</i>. Perhaps that’s because Toyota has really got its hands full with all of the different …

Electric Vehicles

Meet the sport-utility vessel

For decades, inventing a commercially viable amphibious car has remained a quixotic pursuit, right up there with robot maids and personal jet packs. Well, it may at last be time to strike one challenge from the list. The Panther, built by Fountain Valley, California-based WaterCar, is ready for its …

Inventions

Last week we brought you the news that Ferrari was in the midst of developing a hardcore (yes, even more so) track-biased version of its new LaFerrari hypercar. It turns out the hallowed marque isn't the only Italian carmaker that has been

Last week we brought you the news that Ferrari was in the midst of developing a hardcore (yes, even more so) track-biased version of its new …