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Paris-bound Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Waterspeed Collection pays homage to 1937 hydroplane

Recognizing nautical milestone with a special-edition Phantom Drophead<p>About 20 years before the Space Race, the US was apparently in a heated battle with Great Britain to see which country was fastest on the water. Who knew? As it turns out, our British rivals took a commanding lead in 1937 with a …

Paris Motor Show

This Syclone is 500 AWHP of awesome

This season of TUNED goes out with a bang—literally.<p>Admittedly, I wasn't expecting the season finale of TUNED to feature an insane GMC Syclone-turned-hill climber. The fact that this truck was so unexpected makes it exactly the type of vehicle that TUNED is all about, though, and makes it a perfect …


NHTSA Looks at Mandating Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications for Future Cars

Real world tests show that systems can interoperate<p>This week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), took the first step toward bringing talking cars to America's roads by enabling vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication systems.<p>This is all about vehicles silently talking to …

Driverless Cars

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel rated at 28 mpg highway

Car-like fuel economy with 420 lb-ft of torque<p>After years of unsubstantiated rumors and empty promises, truck buyers will soon be able to place their order for a diesel-powered half-ton truck thanks to the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Ram just announced that this new model will get an EPA estimated 28 …

Photos: 2015 GMC 2500HD Denali


The Mach Forty is the custom vintage Mustang of your dreams

A '69 Mustang and a GT40 walk into a bar ...<p>Take the wildest vintage Mustang build you've ever seen, multiply it by 10, and you'll only be about halfway to what owner Terry Lipscomb and Eckert's Rod and Custom in Molalla, Oregon have created here. The car is known as the Mach Forty, and it started …

Sports Cars

VW Amarok makes a polar expedition for Sochi

Spreading Olympic cheer, 10,000 miles at a time.<p>Thanks to the US interstate system, a cross-country road trip is a relatively easy test of endurance—but things are a bit different in Russia. This is evidenced by the fact that a cross-country cheerleading road trip for the Sochi Olympics required a …


Watch Porsche prepare its team and 919 Hybrid LMP1 for Le Mans

24 months to prepare for 24 hours.<p>There are still months to go before the green flag drops at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but Porsche is working at a fever pitch to get itself ready for a return to LMP1 racing. In the latest video highlighting the 919 Hybrid, Porsche gives us a brief behind-the-scenes …

Sports Cars

Drive Notes: 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography

<i>The R&T staff drives and performance tests hundreds of new cars every year. Because we don't have time to give each one the full review treatment, we share select logbook notes here, in a quick, easily-digested format. Unless noted otherwise, each test car is in the office for two weeks and is</i> …

12 greatest cars routinely omitted from 'Greatest Cars' lists

To the dismay of Sam Smith, the 1976 Renault Le Car has been passed over yet again.<p>Skim any 'Greatest Cars' list, and you'll probably find the same circumspect, run-of-the-mill selections—why, yes, the Ford Model T <i>was</i> veryrevolutionary; indeed, the Ferrari F40 <i>was</i> very turbocharged. Not exactly …


We put the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4 on ice

Wherein a Maserati's side window is used for forward vision.<p>You know the scene in <i>Rush</i> where Niki Lauda unleashes his arsenal of F1 know-how on a road-going Lancia 2000 Berlina Sedan? That's sort of what it's like riding in a 2014 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4 with rally champion Alex Fiorio. We're …

Lost Art: Taming the Wild Carburetor

Air, fuel, witchcraft, and power.<p>One of the mandatory automotive jokes is that "carburetor" is French for "don't touch." Funny thing—the derivation of "carburetor" is actually French, from the word <i>carburer</i>, meaning "to combine with carbon" or, idiomatically, "to tune." The etymology is informative. …

Internal Combustion Engine

Show Floor Photos: Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner concept

Check out the show floor photos of the Cummins-powered Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner concept.<p>Nissan hints at a diesel power for the next-generation Frontier.


Photos: Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner Concept

Check out the photos of the Cummins-powered Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner concept.<p>Nissan hints at a diesel power for the next-generation Frontier.


Toyota's Raptor-fighting TRD Pro Series

New bolt-on bits.<p>Hardcore, straight-from-the-factory off-road territory isn't just for the Ford Raptor anymore. Toyota is stepping up with its new TRD Pro Series off-road packages, which officially debuted today at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.<p><b>PHOTOS: 2014 Toyota 4Runner First Drive</b><p>Toyota Racing …


Photos: Toyota TRD Pro Series Trucks


Buy this Porsche 959 and this carbon-fiber race helmet

Spare no expense.<p>The Porsche 959 is one of the greatest and most sought-after Porsches ever built. When it was introduced at the 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show, it brought with it several technologies new to Porsche, including all-wheel drive and twin-turbocharging. It was the fastest production car to …

Frankfurt Motor Show

Photo: Honda Quarter Midget


This Honda Quarter Midget is the coolest thing on their stand

No Civic Type R? No problem.<p>There was no grand 2014 Chicago Auto Show unveiling for this Honda. It didn't bask in a choreographed lightshow or have scantily clad models dancing around it. Actually, it was tucked away on a peripheral stand with a lawnmower and a tent. Seriously. Feast your eyes this …

Chicago Auto Show

Photos: 2014 Rolex Daytona SRT Viper GTS-R

View photos of the SRT Viper GTS-R that fought through the 2014 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona from the floor of the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.<p>Nothing hotter.

Sports Cars

Photos: Volkswagen Andretti GRC Beetle


Volkswagen will tear through Global Rallycross this season

Two 560 hp Beetles to be operated by Andretti, and driven by Foust and Speed.<p>Today, Volkswagen made it official that it will be the latest company to enter Global Rallycross. The operation will be run by Andretti Autosport, which brought Tanner Foust and Scott Speed onboard to pilot two 560 hp GRC …


Photos: 2014 Black Widow Corvette at the Chicago Auto Show

View photos of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette driven by Black Widow in the upcoming film Captain America: Winter Soldier.<p>Scarlett Johansson was here.

Sports Cars

Scarlett Johannson's Black Widow will roll in a Corvette Stingray

All black, all business.<p>As movie superhero cars go, things probably don't get much better than Batman's Tumbler. But Black Widow's murdered-out 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray comes in at a close second. Scarlett Johansson will pilot the C7 in the upcoming <i>Captain America: The Winter Soldier</i>, and …

The Maserati MC12 at wide-open throttle is better than coffee

This video doesn't look like a Super Bowl ad, but it sounds a lot better.<p>You can go vote for which company won the Super Bowl XLVIII ad war, but frankly, we're not surprised Maserati's "Strike" is in the lead. Hell, the 1 minute, 30-second spot caused enough of a viral stir to overwhelm the …


8 things I learned driving the Nissan IDx Nismo Concept

Fragile, priceless, and driven.<p>Concept cars are fragile, fanciful, nearly priceless machines intended to demonstrate a design language or test production ideas. But they are never, ever really designed to be driven. At least not very far. But that didn't stop us from asking if we could slide behind …

Alfa Romeo

Photos: Nissan IDX Nismo Concept


How and why to watch this weekend's Bathurst 12 Hour race

Endurance racing in the Land Down Under.<p>The Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit at Bathurst is one of the gnarliest racetracks in Australia, if not the world. Like Circuit de la Sarthe at Le Mans, it's a public road most of the year, with several private residences and businesses lining the …

This Porsche 911 has a purist-outraging turbo four-cylinder swap

Don't tell the PCOA.<p>What lurks behind the rear axle of this Porsche 911 SC? As you may have expected, it's not an air-cooled flat-six, but it's not the small block GM mill you might have been thinking of, either. Maybe this car's owner wanted something a bit more serviceable and tunable than the …


Buy this historic 1965 Shelby Mustang and some cowboy boots

Be like Shelby.<p>This 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 R is arguably the most winning, most decorated Shelby car in history, and one lucky person will get to take it home next month. Driven by Charlie Kemp, it won 17 straight races from 1968-1969, and clocked 184 mph at Daytona in 1968. That miles-per-hour …

Sports Cars