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The Suzuki Swift Sport is a car you actually want to buyMaybe

Gerardo Solis March 25, 2015 Outsiders Perspective No Comments

I’ve showed you Brazilian utes that you won’t buy and a Volkswagen pickup truck …


How do we get to 300mph?

On foot or on horseback, in planes or in cars, the need for speed – to cross the line first, to outrun all who have come before – seems hard-wired into humans.

Henry Ford raced his 1904 Arrow to 91.37mph (147km/h) across frozen Lake St Clair, near Detroit, Michigan, scaring him silly. Months later …

Pagani Huayra

What is the best-looking car of all time?

For most motorists, cars are a practical means of shuttling among work, home and play. But some cars are natural born beauties, rolling reminders that function can play quite nicely with form.

For users of question and answer community, the cars below fall firmly into that category. Though …

Aston Martin

Ferrari 458 Speciale, and the end of an era

Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Donatello are acknowledged as the four Italian Masters.

Pininfarina, Giugiaro, Scaglietti and Bertone might be their car-design equivalents, and – with apologies to a certain former farm-tractor manufacturer – their most illustrious client surely was the …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Maserati Ghibli S Q4 slides onto US buyers’ radar

Italian cars have long been considered exotic, exorbitantly priced and largely unattainable. Maseratis, Ferraris and Lamborghinis have left all but the wealthiest of buyers pressed against showroom windows, drooling over the delicacies inside.

But if Sergio Marchionne has his way, Italian cars will …


This miniature flathead Ford V8 took 5,000 hrs to build

Ron Bement is a miniature parts genius, whose masterpiece is this 1/3 scale Ardun-headed V8 that'll rev to 10,000 RPM.

Ron Bement belongs to that class of hobbyist par excellence: the from-scratch miniature engine builder. Like the best of the best of that tiny circle of craftsmen, virtually …


Twin-turbo mid-engine 1963 Corvette – Photos

Chevrolet Corvette

Mid-engine Stingray is a '63 Vette from an alternate universe

Corvette innovator Zora Arkus-Duntov always wanted a mid-engine Vette. This custom split-window Stingray is Zora's dream, realized.

Zora Arkus-Duntov, the GM engineer who helped usher the Corvette from its early beginnings as a lackluster lifestyle roadster to an American performance legend, always …


Watch 16 McLaren F1 GTR race cars scream at Goodwood

Short-tails, long-tails, every sort of F1 GTR you can imagine were out at the 73rd Member's Meeting at Goodwood. Watch them lap, and get a bit sideways at points.

Sixteen McLaren F1 GTRs, all in one place … that's the gathering of a lifetime. 192 cylinders of BMW V12 bouncing off the grandstands of …


The lost art of the old-school racing gearbox

Sam Smith discovers the joys of the Hewland transaxle, workhorse of everything from Can-Am to Formula 1 to the author's Formula Ford.

"Gearboxes," you are probably thinking, "are neither lost nor an art. My Miata has a gearbox. The shop manual looks like Lego instructions, and anyone can follow …


Performance Data Showdown: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 vs. Nissan GT-R NISMO and Porsche 911 Turbo S

2015 Chevrolet
Corvette Z06

2015 Nissan

2014 Porsche
911 Turbo S

Price as Tested:

$102,120 (base price: $78,995)

$151,880 (base price: $151,585)

$195,175 (base price: $183,695)

Engine Type:

supercharged pushrod 16-valve V-8

twin-turbocharged DOHC 24-valve V-6

twin-turbocharged DOHC 24-valve …

Chevrolet Corvette

2015 Subaru WRX STI Launch Edition Review - Long-Term Update 5

12,000-Mile Service and Some Minor Cosmetic Surgery

The email finally arrived. "They're all in!" it read. Brian, Subaru's parts procurement man, made sure of it. His sourcing of STI's optional aerodynamic kit began five months ago. It seemed that every WRX and STI owner in the country wanted the JDM …


AC/DC's Brian Johnson on the State of British Motoring

While I'm more than happy to compile a magazine on the subject of British cars (the May 2015 issue of Motor Trend), I feel less qualified to comment on the current state of British motoring, especially when I can enlist the aid of the most legit Brit I've ever met. I ran into AC/DC frontman Brian …


See And Hear The 2017 Ford Focus RS

Ford Focus

The new 911 GT3 RS and the Cayman GT4

Audi RS7 Stock vs Tunes teaser

900hp Porsche 911 Turbo S - Amazing Exhaust Sound

Mercedes-Benz GLE launched

It's now 18 years since Mercedes introduced the ML and this whole SUV frenzy really kicked off. Crikey. Mercedes says it has been "often copied, …


FP2: Hamilton recovers to top second practice







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Scuderia Toro Rosso

Ferrari to keep naturally aspirated V12 engines

There will be no turbochargers on Ferrari V12 engines

Ferrari V12 engines will not be turbocharged in the near future - but they are likely to get …


New BMW M2 Coupé spotted testing

The new BMW M2 is set to go on sale in the UK in the final quarter of this year

The M2 Coupé should cost around £45,000

The M2 Coupé has yet to be …


2014 Lamborghini Huracan Astonishes Reviewers

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The latest episode of the Ignition web series features the 2014 …


Mercedes-Benz Says it Will Launch Premium Midsize Pickup Truck by 2020

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Did you ever imagine there would come a day for Mercedes-Benz to put its three-pointed star on a …


Van-tastic Sandman: The MG TC of the ’70s

• By Peter Robinson
• Mar 27, 2015
• Features




WHETHER THE string-backed glove purists recognise the fact or not, the Holden Sandman is the …


(Re)enter Sandman: Holden revives ’70s icon

• By Curt Dupriez
• Mar 27, 2015
• News




Holden famed Sandman badge will return to showrooms in June, though nothing like 2000’s …


Group C Legends At The 73rd Goodwood Members’ Meeting

The 73rd Goodwood Members’ Meeting is an event that looks to revive the spirit of early British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) competition. However, …

Classic Cars

2016 Ford Focus RS (US-spec) video presentation

Audi R8 2015 gets bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s

Michelin has announced that the 2015 Audi R8 will be available with sticky Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber. Developed specifically for the new supercar, the …

Audi R8

16x McLaren F1 GTR Insanely EPIC Exhaust Sound!