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This is the McLaren Senna — your true F1 successor

In a world where the word “hypercar” is synonymous with a Formula 1-style hybrid driveline, insane amounts of power and enough teasers to make your head spin, McLaren introduces its latest hypercar — the P1’s successor — with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that spins just the rear wheels. Dubbed the McLaren Senna, after legendary racer Ayrton Senna, the newest Ultimate Series […]

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Morgan teases its most extreme road car to date

When it comes to building traditional sports cars, no other company in the world (that we can name, at least) is steeped in as much tradition and history as Britain’s Morgan Motor Company. Founded in 1910 by Harry Frederick Stanley Morgan, the company’s products look much the same today as they have going back almost […]

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FIRST DRIVE: The 2018 BMW M5 – Monster Power Meets Grip King

 In the world of sports sedans, the BMW M5 has always been the benchmark, from the decades-old E28 generation to the fans’ darling E60 and its V10 naturally aspirated engine. Its bloodline now stretches across six generations with the arrival of this latest F90 model which brings a novelty to the M brand – the […]

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Mini might make its entire lineup electric, but switching to EVs won’t be easy

Since acquiring the Mini trademark over a decade ago, BMW has not shied away from playing up the hot-hatch image of the brand — and that goes for the cars’ exhaust soundtracks. But BMW may soon have another, much quieter role for its small British division in mind as the German parent company maneuvers toward […]

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Waymo’s self-driving car fleet clips 4-million mile mark, set to kick off self-driving taxi service

Four million miles down, unlimited potential to go. Waymo’s fleet of self-driving cars has officially reached the four-million-mile mark in about eight years of total operation. And in the coming months, the company will launch a self-driving taxi service in Phoenix, Arizona, for the public to use. The pace of those self-driving miles has accelerated, and […]

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Rolls-Royce Phantom named “Luxury Car of the Year”

The Rolls-Royce Phantom has earned BBC Top Gear Magazine’s coveted ‘Luxury Car of the Year’, just weeks after its global media launch on the banks of Lake Lucerne in Vitznau, Switzerland. Referred to by the cognoscenti as ‘the best car in the world’, the eighth generation Phantom continues to earn plaudits from the world’s most […]

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JAGUAR XE SV PROJECT 8 IS WORLD’S FASTEST FOUR-DOOR CAR, WITH RECORD NÜRBURGRING NORDSCHLEIFE LAP

 Jaguar’s SVO-developed XE SV Project 8 is now the world’s fastest four-door car, following a production-intent prototype’s record lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The incredible time of 7min 21.2sec is nearly 11 seconds quicker than the previous fastest sedan around the legendary 20.76km German circuit and puts the 441kW Project 8 ahead of some of […]

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Royal Enfield revives 650cc twin motorcycles from its storied past

Royal Enfield, the world’s longest-continuously operating motorcycle company, reached back into its history by re-introducing the Interceptor model at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, on November 7. The new Interceptor, powered by a new 650cc parallel-twin engine, represents a departure from the company’s long-standing reliance on 350cc and 500cc singles, which began with […]

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5,000-horsepower Devel Sixteen debuts in production trim

Dubai’s Devel shocked the world four years ago when it announced plans for a 5,000-horsepower, V-16-powered car capable of speeds over 300 mph. At the time, the company rolled out a crudely built prototype that looked like it was hastily put together in a back shed somewhere. It goes without saying that we were skeptical. […]

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Walter Röhrl says Porsche 911 GT2 RS too fast for Nürburgring

It can be argued performance cars have reached a new golden age, an era defined by high horsepower, trick engineering, and incredible aerodynamic feats. However, one prominent figure, none other than famed Porsche driver Walter Röhrl, believes modern cars are now too fast for high-speed Nürburgring laps. The famed driver told Drive on Monday that […]

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This is the 755-hp 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

We’ve seen it for more than a year in spy photos testing at the Nurburgring, Laguna Seca and on city streets. Now, a couple days before the Dubai motor show we finally get a look at the mighty Corvette ZR1 in all its camo-free glory. With its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 boasting 755 hp and 715 lb-ft, if this is the C7 […]

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Bentley reveals new Continental GT3 racecar

Bentley Motorsport is today unveiling an all-new Continental GT3 racecar, currently in development for the 2018 motorsport season. The second-generation Continental GT3 is the latest dedicated racecar in an acclaimed Bentley motorsport lineage that includes the 4½ Litre, Speed Six and Speed 8 Le Mans winners. The first-generation Continental GT3 has proven to be a […]

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Rumors of the Subaru WRX STI’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

On Halloween, many of the Subaru faithful got their biggest fright of the day from headlines declaring the death of the Subaru WRX STI. Top Gear sadly pronounced that “The sports saloon that’s been with us close to 25 years, the one Gran Turismo and Colin McRae made us fall in love with, is leaving […]

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Fire risk forces BMW to recall 1 million vehicles

BMW is recalling approximately 1 million vehicles due to a risk of underhood fires. Two separate issues are at the root of the recall: the first, affecting 740,000 vehicles from the 1-, 3– and 5-Series lineup, along with the Z4 and X3 and X5, all from model years 2007-11, involves a rusty crankcase ventilation valve. The second problem affects 2006-2011 3-Series cars, about 673,000 […]

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Subaru WRX STI Final Edition is last of its kind

Subaru has announced a WRX STI Final Edition and while we’re used to limited-edition rally-inspired models from the Japanese manufacturer dating back to the 1990s, this one is said to be its last. Limited to 150 cars and aimed squarely at the UK’s Subaru enthusiasts, the go-faster version is claimed to “say farewell to this […]

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Alpine Is Taking the Gorgeous A110 Racing in a Single-Make Series

Alpine has a six-race series for the A110 Cup planned for next year, and it’s going to build around 20 cars.French sports-car maker Alpine became a legend through its motorsports success, so it’s only appropriate that its comeback car, the impossibly gorgeous A110, goes racing too.   Today, Alpine announced the Alpine Europa Cup, a […]

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The Sin R1 supercar is the craziest thing ever to come out of Bulgaria

When Bulgaria comes to mind (assuming it does at all), supercars and motor racing aren’t usually the thoughts that follow. Fun fact: The country is best known for producing almost all the rose oil consumed in the world. However, a Bulgarian supercar named the Sin R1 has quietly stepped forward over the last few years, […]

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Millenials are ruining traditional automotive marketing

In the scramble to stay relevant to digital natives more interested in smartphones than cars, automakers must be prepared to take more risks when positioning their brands and not shy away from edgy subject matter, a top BMW executive said. Speaking to attendees at the Automotive News Europe Congress here, Hildegard Wortmann said it was […]

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Opel and Vauxhall join Groupe PSA – Birth of a European Champion

The sale of Opel Automobile GmbH with its brands Opel and Vauxhall by General Motors to Groupe PSA has been finalized now. “It is a historic day,” said Opel Automobile GmbH CEO Michael Lohscheller. “We are proud to join Groupe PSA and are now opening a new chapter in our history after 88 years with […]

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Borgward bringing a modern Isabella to the Frankfurt auto show?

Revived German automaker Borgward is planning something special for September’s 2017 Frankfurt auto show. The automaker recently released a teaser image for a Frankfurt-bound concept car which is believed to be a low-slung, sporty coupe. Along with the teaser, Borgward released the tag line: “She is back!” This suggests that we’re likely to be treated […]

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The Mercedes X-Class pickup hits the market in Europe this year.

 THREE VERSIONS OF THE MERCEDES TRUCK ARE HEADING FOR EUROPE, SOUTH AFRICA, LATIN AMERICA AND AUSTRALIA Mercedes-Benz introduced its new X-Class pickup truck on Tuesday in Cape Town, South Africa. The non-U.S.-bound luxury pickup will see duty in Europe, Latin America, South Africa and Australia and will sticker for about $43,000, converted from euros. The […]

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Zarooq off-road supercar standstorms its way toward production

Emirati-Monégasque newcomer Zarooq Motors previewed its SandRaceroff-road supercar back in late 2015. It was awesome. Or it seemed like it could be awesome … assuming it ever showed up again. Well, here it is not two years later, and we’re seeing it again. In fact, Zarooq says that it’s ready for production and will launch […]

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2018 Hyundai i30 Fastback reveals its sleek silhouette

Following the reveal of the i30 and i30 Tourer, and finally the i30 N hot hatchback, Hyundai has debuted the final variant of i30: the 2018 i30 Fastback. Note, the 3-door Hyundai i30 does not return from the previous generation—the i30 Fastback serves as its successor. And a sleek successor it is. Hyundai says the […]

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Report: Porsche faces German probe for diesel fraud and false advertising

Prosecutors in Germany have expanded the diesel fraud probe to Porsche, Reuters reports, after several raids of Audi facilities earlier this spring. The Stuttgart’s prosecutor’s office indicated employees at Porsche’s U.S. subsidiary were also under investigation, which is focusing on possible fraud and false advertising in the U.S. and in Germany. The expansion of the […]

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Hyundai plotting Fiesta ST rival?

 Hyundai’s performance car offensive will include a pocket-sized hot hatch aimed directly at the Ford Fiesta ST, according to a recent report. The company’s smallest N-badged model will be based on the i20, which is positioned near the bottom of the Hyundai lineup in Europe. British magazine Auto Express has learned the car will receive […]

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Lotus production may head to China after Geely buys stake

Lotus may become the latest western marque to shift some production to China, Bloomberg reports, after China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group announced plans to purchase stakes in Malaysian automaker Proton’s U.K. holdings. The Chinese automaker, which also owns Volvo, has reached an agreement to buy 51 percent of Lotus and 49.9 percent of Proton in […]

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Second electric car for Audi’s production network

Audi is expanding its model portfolio with a new e-tron-model. Production of the Audi e-tron Sportback will start at Audi Brussels (Belgium) in 2019. That Audi plant will therefore be responsible for producing a second fully electric model. The Audi e-tron electric SUV will drive off the assembly line there as of 2018. In addition […]

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Pininfarina to develop modular platform for Iran’s national automaker

Iran’s national automaker, Iran Khodro, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with nine leading automotive firms to help develop a modular platform to underpin a new generation of cars for its IKCO brand. The list includes firms specializing in engines, transmissions, chassis systems and manufacturing, as well as Italian design firm Pininfarina. Iran’s Amirkabir and […]

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General Motors to pull out of South Africa

General Motors on Thursday made major announcements concerning its operations in India and South Africa. The automaker confirmed that it will cease sales in India by the end of 2017, though it will still continue to manufacture cars there for export. A long time ago! Stefan Jacoby, who heads GM’s unit for emerging markets, said […]

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FORD APPROVED SHELBYS NOW IN SA

Shelby’s full range of high performance Mustangs is now available in South Africa in an extensive range of Ford Motor Company approved performance and aesthetic upgrades.The products of the legendary US tuning company set up by the late, great Carroll Shelby whose mighty Cobras toppled Ferrari at Le Mans, Shelby today specialises in bespoke aftermarket conversions on new Ford Mustangs. Shelby South […]

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Ferrari Doesn’t Want to Build an F1-Powered Hypercar

If you want a road car with an F1-derived V6, you’ll have to buy a Mercedes. Capitalizing on its recent F1 success, Mercedes-AMG will soon debut a 1000-plus-hp hybrid hypercar powered by a V6 engine derived from its 1.6-liter F1 unit. This stands in sharp contrast with the Ferrari LaFerrari, which uses a 6.3-liter V12 […]

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First drive: The 2018 McLaren 720S leaps toward excellence — and sticks the landing

If you haven’t already done so, take a minute and really look at the McLaren 720S — in person, if you can find one, but photos will do for now. It’s long, low, wide: everything a supercar should be. But even on the surface there’s a lot going on, and much of it is subtle. […]

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JAGUAR F-PACE VOTED 2017 BEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL CAR IN THE WORLD

F-PACE wins two titles at 2017 World Car Awards Jaguar’s first performance SUV takes 2017 World Car of the Year title Also wins World Car Design of the Year prize The F-PACE is Jaguar’s fastest selling global model Jaguar is Europe’s fastest-growing car brand  The Jaguar F-PACE is officially the best and most beautiful car […]

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What’s going to happen to all those VW TDI diesels?

 The question of what to do with diesel Volkswagen vehicles that the automaker has purchased back has plagued the company from the early months of the TDI crisis, as it became clear regulators would force VW to buy back hundreds of thousands of vehicles. VW is using a number of large sites around the country […]

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The Audi RS5 aims straight for the BMW M4 and AMG C63

A more aggressive design comes with more aggressive performance If an automaker is going to raid the corporate parts bin, they should take a page from Audi and its new RS5 coupe, which debuted at this year’s Geneva motor show. Previously powered by a 4.2-liter V8, the new coupe has Porsche power under the hood […]

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Paris Motorshow: Renault hoping for a sporting revival

Renault is both dipping into its memory banks and looking forward to an all-electric future as it uses the Geneva motor show to remind us all that, aside from diesel Meganes, the family Fluences and new Captur crossovers, it has long been a truly sporting brand. Brought out of long-term stasis (there hasn’t been a […]

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Opel/Vauxall join PSA

 General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) and PSA Group (Paris:UG) today announced an agreement under which GM’s Opel/Vauxhall subsidiary and GM Financial’s European operations will join the PSA Group in a transaction valuing these activities at €1.3 Bn and €0.9 Bn, respectively.   With the addition of Opel/Vauxhall, which generated revenue of €17.7 Bn in 2016 , […]

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Lamborghini delivers first of 40 Centenarios

The first example of Lamborghini’s latest limited edition supercar, the Aventador-based Centenario, has been delivered to its owner, a collector from the United Arab Emirates. He’s gone with a coupe but Lamborghini has also shown a Centenario Roadster. Photos taken during the delivery were posted by Czech website Autoforum and reveal that the first car […]