04 Feb 2015

Car of the Week: 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB

Ferrari dropped a bomb with the announcement of the 488 GTB, an entirely new car. Maybe aware of what happened to Acura at Detroit when the Ford GT upstaged the NSX, they’re not keeping it secret until the official debut at Geneva. Instead, if you have a reveal scheduled you

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03 Feb 2015

Hotfix: Five Facts About The 2016 Ford Focus RS

  If you’re an American who was in any way aware of cars 10 years or so ago, your memories of small Fords are probably horribly tainted with names like “Tempo” and “Escort,” which were unbelievably awful. Not just dynamically, but mechanically, from the era of planned obsolescence when Detroit

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02 Feb 2015

5 Great Choices For Your First Track-Day Race Car

There was a time when almost every race car was driven to the track. Even in the muscle car era, that’s why people bought Shelby Mustangs and why Porsche sold Speedsters and BMW built 3.0 CSls. Amateur racing went away in a hurry for a whole lot of reasons, though,

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30 Jan 2015

The Friday 5: Nineties Superstars

I’m jumping over the Eighties from the Seventies last week, just because there are so many great (odd) Nineties cars at auctions for this week’s Friday 5. Looking through these, it’s almost impossible to believe they all came out of the same decade. 1. 1992 Lancia Delta Integrale HF Turbo Martini

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29 Jan 2015

Car of the Week: 1979 BMW M1 AHG

  BMW’s M1 was one of the biggest surprises in supercar history. In 1978, BMW’s lineup topped out with the 635CSi, which had a new 217hp 3.5-liter engine, and the year before you could only get up to 176hp. Suddenly in October of 1978 at the Paris Auto Show, here

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28 Jan 2015

Top 10 Fun Cars To Get You Through The Snow (And Any Other Bad Weather)

Here’s a little secret: The most important things about getting through snow aren’t all-wheel drive or traction control: all you really need is a real limited-slip differential and good tires. I learned that early on when a family friend got me up a steep, winding, snow-covered hill in a four-door

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23 Jan 2015

The Friday 5: Meet the Seventies

I have a real weakness for Seventies supercars. I think it’s because that’s when they started changing from being “beautiful,” like a Lamborghini Miura or Ferrari 250 GTO; to “exotic,” like the Lancia Stratos and BMW M1. Without them, there would have been no Ferrari F40 or even Zonda. They may be the Koenigsegg Agera’s

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22 Jan 2015

Car of the Week: Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Club Coupe

It was a toss-up this week between the new Porsche 911 GTS variant and the McLaren 650S Le Mans, which actually have a lot in common. Both are very limited edition appearance packages, but their missions are different. The Porsche got the nod because where the McLaren is a homage to

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17 Jan 2015

The Friday 5: Used Race Cars

What’s that? Oh, just some old used race cars, is all. Nothing to see. 1. 2007 Ferrari FXX Evoluzione Berlinetta, Bonhams The 2007 FXX Evoluzione got multiple improvements including 848bhp at 9,500rpm, up from 789bhp at 8,500rpm in the original. Based on the chassis number, this should actually be the very first one built. That would

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15 Jan 2015

Hotfix: Four facts about the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V

I was not entirely sure this car would exist. When the new Cadillac ATS-V makes 455hp from a twin-turbo V-6 and Ford is getting over 600hp out of their twin-turbo V-6s, a big ‘ol 6.2-liter V-8 in the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V must be a hard sell. In fact, GM President

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