BMW Goes Big with the New X7

BMW is hoping you are passionate about its trademark kidney grille design, because the new 2019 X7 three-row SUV, hitting dealerships in March, sports the largest kidney grille ever integrated into the nose of any BMW model.

Like that shiny chrome grille, everything about this new X7 is sized XXL. It’s almost 10 inches longer than BMW’s X5 and looks even bigger courtesy of its towering 71-inch height and bolt-upright stance. Parked alongside its closest rival, Mercedes-Benz’s GLS, the X7 is longer by 1.3 inches. Read More

BaT Auction: 132-Mile 2016 BMW M4 GTS

This 2016 BMW M4 GTS shows 132 miles and is powered by twin-turbocharged 3.0L inline-six with water injection mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Built as one of 700 street-legal track cars and first purchased in Georgia, this example is finished in Mineral Gray Metallic and features manually-adjustable suspension, carbon ceramic brakes, and an active locking differential. This F82 M4 GTS was recently acquired by the selling dealer in Maryland, and is offered with a clean Carfax and clear Georgia title. Read More

Lighter, more powerful Porsche Cayman T due next year

In June, AutoGuide discovered VIN decoder documents that Porsche sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concerning certain vehicles for the 2019 model year. The paperwork translates the unique alphanumeric identifiers for the government agency. Four cars were mentioned: the Panamera GTS, Panamera Sport Turismo GTS, 911 Speedster, and 718 Cayman T. Both Panameras and the Speedster have been confirmed. A new Auto Express report confirms the 718 Cayman T is on the way, treading a similar purist-focused path as its 911 T inspiration. Read More

BaT Auction: 1968 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Project at No Reserve

This 1968 Volkswagen Beetle convertible spent 20 years with the husband of its current owner. The car has been repainted in plum with a tan top and interior, and is powered by a replacement 1,600cc dual-port engine paired with a 4-speed manual transmission. It spent the past several years stored in a carport after the owner’s passing, and the seller describes it as a running and driving project in need of exhaust and carburetor work, a transmission mount, a new convertible top, and rust remediation. This Beetle is offered by the seller on behalf of the owner’s widow with a clean Kansas title. Read More

Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Avalon Touring

2019 Toyota Avalon Touring in Wind Chill Pearl (a $395 option)

2019 Toyota Avalon Touring

Class: Large Car

Miles driven: 368

Fuel used: 17.9 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 20.6 mpg

Driving mix: 55% city, 45% highway

CG Report Card
Big & Tall comfort ratings are for front seats only. “Big” rating based on male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, “Tall” rating based on 6’6″-tall male tester.
Room and Comfort A
Power and Performance B
Fit and Finish A
Fuel Economy C+
Value B
Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide’s impressions of the entire model lineup.
Big & Tall Comfort
Big Guy A
Tall Guy B

EPA-estimated fuel economy: 22/31/25 (city, highway, combined)

Fuel type: Regular gas

Base price: $42,200 (not including $920 destination charge) Read More

BaT Auction: 1994 Saab 900 Turbo Convertible Commemorative Edition at No Reserve

This SAAB 900 Turbo is one of 500 Commemorative Edition convertibles, each of which was finished in Nova Black Metallic and equipped with a turbocharged 2.0L 16-valve four featuring higher-pressure fuel injection and revised ignition management and paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Additional CE features include grey Aero wheels, tan leather upholstery with contrast piping, heated seats, and burl walnut trim. This example was first sold in New York and was reportedly acquired by its current owner in 1996. This C900 shows 111k miles and is offered on consignment at no reserve by the selling dealer with a top boot and storage bag, floor mats, manuals, tools, three keys with two remote fobs, a Carfax report, and a clean Connecticut title. Read More

BaT Auction: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible

This 1967 Chevrolet Corvette was reportedly refurbished in 1986 prior to its purchase in 1988 by the seller, who has since driven it 20k miles. Power is from a 427ci V8 upgraded with a Tri-Power induction setup and paired with a 4-speed manual transmission. The car is finished in Rally Red over a black leather interior and equipped with a stinger hood, black soft top, and removable red hardtop. A new intake manifold gasket was installed in 2017. This C2 convertible is offered with its factory induction equipment, partial records, a Protect-O-Plate, period literature, and a clean California title in the seller’s name. Read More

Watch Schaeffler Audi RS3 EV set 130 mph world record — in reverse

If there’s one thing people remember about Dutch DAF cars and later, DAF-developed but Volvo-branded 300-series cars, it’s that their Variomatic continuously variable transmissions enabled them to run backwards as fast as they could go forwards. This resulted in weird feats like backwards racing at the Zandvoort track in Netherlands — and when the front wheels still do the steering, the footage shows a lot of cars toppling over. Later on, electric cars like the Nissan Leaf have been used for speed records in reverse, like completing a lap of the Goodwood track going backwards. Read More

BaT Auction: 1969 Ford Bronco

This 1969 Ford Bronco was purchased new at Crenshaw Motors in Los Angeles, California by two brothers for their oil field servicing business, and it has remained in Southern and Central California since. In 1972 the owners modified the truck for personal use with a repaint, suspension upgrade, new interior, off-road lighting, and a winch. The truck was reportedly used sparingly and then stored for over 20 years before being acquired in December 2013 by the seller, who is a business partner with the son/nephew of the original owners. He has worked with the mechanic who did the original upgrades to recommission the truck, and over the last five years the body has been repainted, the upholstery repaired, and new front disc brakes were installed along with Warn hubs, dual exhaust system, carburetor, electronic ignition, and new tires. Now showing just under 80k miles, this Bronco is being offered with service records since 2013, the original purchase documents, a Marti report, period California blue license plates, and a clean California title in the seller’s name. Read More

Watch These Race Cars Deliver An 11-Minute Symphony Of Horsepower

You’ll want to crank the volume all the way up for this.

What is it about motor racing that makes it enjoyable to watch? That question could have several different answers and we won’t presume to know or label them all. Such things are certainly a matter of opinion, and of course it also depends on the kind of motorsport you’re watching. One thing we will say is this – the video above showcasing a range of awesome machines launching hard during the 2018 Hill Climb Masters event is tremendously enjoyable. Read More

Watch These Race Cars Deliver An 11-Minute Symphony Of Horsepower

You’ll want to crank the volume all the way up for this.

What is it about motor racing that makes it enjoyable to watch? That question could have several different answers and we won’t presume to know or label them all. Such things are certainly a matter of opinion, and of course it also depends on the kind of motorsport you’re watching. One thing we will say is this – the video above showcasing a range of awesome machines launching hard during the 2018 Hill Climb Masters event is tremendously enjoyable. Read More

BaT Auction: 1974 BMW 2002tii at No Reserve

This 1974 BMW 2002tii was acquired by the seller nine years ago from its third owner and is powered by a replacement 2.0L inline-four fitted with Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection and paired with a 4-speed manual transmission. The car reportedly underwent an early-1990s refurbishment by BMW restorer Joe Duce at Bavarian Machine Specialists in Houston, Texas. The work was featured in a period Roundel article and included a repaint in Fjord Blue, trim restoration, refreshment of the cabin in beige, and more. This tii has been driven approximately 2,000 miles under current ownership and is offered at no reserve with over 200 pictures, a copy of the magazine feature, and a clean Iowa title in the seller’s name. Read More

McLaren BC-03 hypercar looks to be a production Ultimate Vision GranTurismo

McLaren revealed the Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo concept October 17, 2017. On October 14, 2018, Instagram user and known exotic car collector dan_am_i posted a slide from a private presentation McLaren gave to some special clientele. The slide read, “MSO – Bespoke Commission BC-03,
Customer Review, October 12, 2018,” and was rumored to refer to a production version of the Gran Turismo concept. It’s said that MSO showed those in attendance a sketch of what’s to come. Read More

BaT Auction: 1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider

This 1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider was reportedly purchased by its second owner in 1972, repainted in red, and placed in a climate-controlled garage until the seller’s purchase five years ago. Power is provided by a 1600cc twin-cam four paired with a 4-speed manual gearbox, and work performed since 2013 included re-coring the radiator, cleaning and sealing the fuel tank, rebuilding the hydraulic cylinders, adding new brake shoes, fitting new radiator and fuel hoses, rebuilding the Solex carburetor, and replacing the distributor cap, wires, and plugs. This Alfa is now being offered in Ohio with five years of service records, some removed and spare parts, and a clean New York title in the seller’s name. Read More

A teen driving with other teens is deadlier for everyone on the road

While it may seem a bit obvious to most of us that teen drivers driving around with teen passengers is a more dangerous proposition than them driving solo or with parents, what’s not as obvious is how huge a difference that really makes. AAA conducted a study of traffic collisions involving teen drivers, and the organization discovered that the rate of fatal injuries increased by a whopping 51 percent when the teen driver had teenage passengers versus when teen drivers were driving solo. Even more shocking, that fatality rate was an increase for all people involved, including the teenage occupants, occupants in other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. Read More

sludgo’s Mile Markers: Mile 7

Continued from last week’s installment, sludgo Goes to Jail–read Mile 6 first here.

The trunk of the Grand Prix opened majestically, like the Lost Ark of Milwaukee, revealing an amber treasure of two-hundred sixty-three bottles of Miller High-Life – the Champagne of Beers – all shoved into and stacked on top of any number of lidless Styrofoam coolers, all filled with ice. Read More

BaT Auction: 1975 Volkswagen Bus Westfalia Automatic

This 1975 Volkswagen Bus is a Westfalia pop-top camper powered by an 1,800cc flat-four with Bosch fuel injection. The seller acquired the vehicle as a project in 2005 from its third owner, and has since refurbished it as well as driving it 35k miles. Westfalia camping equipment includes a water tank, sink, icebox, tables, flat-folding rear bench, and a replacement pop-up tent with additional mesh windows. The interior benefits from new seat upholstery, cabinet hardware, weatherstripping, and more. This Type 2 is offered with records, a winter tire set, and a clear New Jersey title in the seller’s name. Read More

Tesla Confirms Early 2019 Arrival Of $35,000 Model 3

22 M BY MARK KANE

Tesla Model 3 Standard now expected in February-April of 2019.

Tesla recently announced that is expanding its Model 3 family with a surprising new battery size versionMid Range – and removed the rear-wheel drive Long Range version, the question now is when will we finally see the Standard Range version?

The official answer is 4-6 months, which could be February-April 2019, if there are no delays. Read More

BaT Auction: 37k-Mile 2000 Mercedes-Benz SL500 at No Reserve

This 2000 Mercedes-Benz SL500 is finished in Desert Silver over Java leather and shows 37k miles. The 5.0-liter M113 V8 sends power to the rear wheels through a 5-speed automatic transmission. Options include a removable color-matched hardtop, xenon headlights, and a CD changer. An oil change and inspection were performed in preparation for the sale, and records included in the sale document the replacement of the hydraulic cylinders for the powered soft top. This R129 is being offered by the selling dealer at no reserve with the original books and manuals, keys, a clean Carfax report, and a clear Pennsylvania title. Read More

Porsche 718 Cayman T Likely on the Way for 2019

When Porsche submitted a VIN decoder guide to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for its 2019 model year vehicles, AutoGuide noticed a new addition — the 718 Cayman T — back in July. Details were spartan, with most specifications listed as TBD. However, the guides did specify a 2.0-liter powerplant and some weight savings over the standard model. Read More

BaT Auction: 1962 Porsche Diesel 238 Standard Star Tractor

This 1962 Porsche 238 Standard Star tractor reportedly underwent partial refurbishment in the Netherlands before being imported to the US two years ago and completed by the inventor of the IMS Solution for early water-cooled Porsches. An air-cooled diesel 2-cylinder engine sends power to the rear wheels via a 4-speed planetary gearbox with high and low ranges. Additional features include a hydraulically actuated 3-point hitch, V-belt mower drive, and rear power take-off. The seller has used the tractor for mowing a large property as well as performing maintenance including changes of the fuel filter, engine oil and hydraulic fluid. This 238 is offered with import documents and a Georgia bill of sale. Read More

BaT Auction: 982-Mile 2013 Morgan 3-Wheeler

This 2013 Morgan 3-Wheeler is powered by a 105ci S&S V-twin paired with a 5-speed manual and shows just 982 miles. Finished in Sport Black over a Muirhead Scarlet leather cockpit, it also comes equipped with a Superspoke steering wheel and a pair of Raydot mirrors. This Morgan is now being offered by the selling dealer in Huntington Station, New York with the factory books, accessories, and a clear Montana title. Read More

Porsche 911 Carrera T Will Live On In Next-Generation

The purist Carrera will return with a 992-Series body, we just don’t know when.

The new Porsche 911 is coming soon. The 992-series of the forever-young supercar will debut in a little over a month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. With the new model will eventually come some unprecedented changes, not the least of which include hybrid power. One thing that won’t change –  or rather, disappear – is the much-loved 911 Carrera T. Read More

BaT Auction: 1996 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo at No Reserve

This 1996 Nissan 300ZX is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 paired with a 5-speed manual transmission, and is one of 300 Commemorative Edition models produced for the final year of US distribution. Modifications consist of an aftermarket stereo, HKS turbo timer, and B&B cat-back exhaust. Work under previous ownership included a new timing belt, tensioners, pulleys, water pump, and thermostat as well as an exterior repaint in original Black Obsidian. The car was purchased through a February 2017 BaT auction by the seller, who has since driven it 900 of its 88,400 indicated miles. This Z32 comes with a Carfax report, recent records, and a clean California title in the seller’s name. Read More

Hyundai’s Chief Designer: EVs Shouldn’t Reek of Aerodynamics

Consider his new term for when a car screams that it’s electric: “Aero Affected.”

Hyundai last year said it will introduce 14 electric cars by 2025. Chris Chapman, senior chief designer at the Hyundai Design Center in Irvine, Calif., has put a lot of thought into how those vehicles will look and feel. We sat down with Chapman last week during a break in our first drive of the Hyundai Kona Electric and the newly designed Nexo fuel-cell car (shown above). Read More

BaT Auction: Blue-Plate 1973 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000

This 1973 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 is a California car that was purchased in May 2018 by the seller, who intended to use it for a future project. Power comes from a stock 2.0-liter twin-cam four, which is equipped with SPICA fuel injection and backed by a 5-speed manual transmission. This GTV was is storage when it was acquired by the seller, and he spent nearly $4k in maintenance to get the car operational. The brakes were serviced and a new master cylinder, battery, fuel hoses, and tires were installed. Additional projects and a lack of garage space have forced the sale of this car, which is now being offered with a clean California title in the seller’s name. Read More

Cool Mild Custom: 1985 Lada 1200 Estate in Miami

This 1985 Lada 1200 estate (VIN XTA210200F0674370) has been modified by way of bigger aftermarket wheels under fender flares, black-painted trim, and a few other, mostly cosmetic changes including an appreciable ride height drop and a neat Webasto-style fabric sunroof. The visual mods may not be for everyone, but we think they work pretty well, especially on what appears to be an unusually tidy car. Mechanicals sound to remain untouched, but we’ve seen all sorts of interesting swaps in these, and given the car’s far-removed Italian heritage, a Fiat/Lampredi twin cam/5-speed could be tons of fun–at least once brakes and handling were sorted. Find it here on eBay in Miami, Florida for with no reserve beyond an unmet $8k starting bid. Special thanks to BaT reader Kyle K. for this submission. Read More

What is a trim level on a car or truck?

This is part of a series breaking down all the terms you need to know if you’re buying a new or used car from a dealership. Check out the rest of the series at our Car Buyer’s Glossary.

Sometimes called grades, the trim typically categorizes the specific performance level, packages, options, features, and extras on the base vehicle. Each trim level comes at a different price, meaning a trim somewhat determines how nice a car is.

But let’s rewind to what comes before the trim name: make and model. The make is a manufacturer, such as Toyota, while the model is a specific car, such as the Corolla. Think of it as opposite of our own names, with the family name coming first, and the given name coming second. Trim names change from manufacturer to manufacturer, but typically they are labeled with a combination of letters (such as “XLE”) or a marketing classification (such as “Premier”). Read More

BaT Auction: 1978 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet Conversion at No Reserve

This 1978 Porsche 911SC was acquired by the selling dealer earlier this year from its prior owner of 10 years. Originally a targa model, this car was converted into a cabriolet with a folding soft top under previous ownership and is powered by a 3.0-liter flat-six paired with a 915 5-speed manual transaxle. An $8,500 mechanical service completed by the seller included resealing of the engine, a valve adjustment, new belts and hoses, installation of an air box pop-off valve, a tune-up, and fresh shift linkage bushings. This 911SC now shows 119k miles and is being offered with a receipt for the recent service and a clean Oregon title. Read More

Rare Rides: A Buick Dealers’ Delight – the 1984 Bitter SC

Buick’s on again, off again relationship with the Opel brand is currently very much on, as two Opels badged as Regals tempt buyers, and one Opel badged as Cascada tempts rental companies. But these recent exercises in marketing are somewhat tame in comparison to the experiment General Motors conducted in the 1980s with a little company called Bitter. Read More

BaT Auction: 1994 Land Rover Defender 90 NAS

This 1994 Land Rover Defender 90 NAS is #1,897 of 1,943 imported to North America for the model year and was purchased by the selling dealer in 2017 as a salvage project after a roll-over accident in 2003 caused damage to the front and roof. The soft-top example was rebuilt over an 18 month period while utilizing the original engine, floors, and seat box. The body was repainted in Tuscan Blue and fitted on a new galvanized frame, and other new drivetrain, exterior, and interior components were also installed as described below. The 3.9-liter V8 was rebuilt and the manual transmission was replaced with a period ZF 4-speed automatic unit. Upgrades added during the rebuild process include Exmoor leather front seats, an aftermarket radio with Focal speakers, and LED lighting. Photographs of the build are included along with recent receipts, and this D90 NAS is now being offered with a rebuilt Alabama title. Read More

2019 Ram 1500 eTorque Drivers' Notes Review | Filling in the gaps

When the 2019 Ram 1500 debuted earlier this year at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the biggest news was arguably the addition of the 48-volt mild hybrid system. Dubbed eTorque, the system is standard on V6-equipped models and a $1,450 option on trucks with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8. It’s not a hybrid in the traditional sense. Despite Ram’s claim that the system adds up to 130 pound-feet of torque on the V8, it only does so for a fraction of a second and doesn’t actually change the engine’s total output. You’d be hard pressed to notice a difference if you didn’t know the system was there. But that’s kind of the point. Read More

Tesla Places Pointless ‘Self-Driving’ Option On Hiatus

Tesla Motors is abandoning the “fully self-driving” purchasing option on all of its vehicles. The option debuted in 2016 as a way to ensure your new car would be future-proofed and able to incorporate autonomous features. But those upgrades never really came — leaving customers who spent $8,000 angry enough to file a class-action lawsuit against the company for failing to deliver on its promises. At least they still got those EV tax credits and free access to the company’s fancy new Autopilot chip (which is also a bit of a mystery item). Read More

BaT Auction: 23k-Mile 2003 Porsche 911 GT2

This 2003 Porsche 911 GT2 is finished in black over black leather and was purchased by the seller four years ago. Around 3k miles have been added since, and the odometer now shows 23,450 miles. The twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter flat-six sends power to the rear wheels only through a 6-speed manual transaxle equipped with a limited-slip differential. Factory options include the large carbon fiber interior package, sport seats with painted backs and crests in the headrests, deviated yellow stitching, and yellow seat belts. Aluminum pedal covers have been added along with tinted front side markers and a Fabspeed exhaust system. This 996 GT2 is now being offered with four years of service records, an over-rev report, an appraisal from 2017, factory manuals and accessories, a clear Carfax report, the original exhaust, and a clean Wisconsin title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Event Coverage: Radwood Philly

For adherents of the series, some advice: there is no finer way to experience the neon-tinged semi-ironic fantasyland that is a Radwood show than from behind the wheel of a 1982 Lancia Delta 1.5, complete with 85 horsepower and a balky 5-speed gearbox and a mesmerizingly rev-happy engine and the Italian equivalent of Desert Sand Metallic. Read More

BMW M2 Competition 2018 UK review

What’s it like?

Those revised suspension settings do make for a tighter and more unyielding ride quality at low speed around town, but in every other respect they are a huge step forward. Even on a bumpier road at higher speed there’s enough sophistication in the damping of this car that the wheels can rise and fall individually over the shape of the road without the body being skipped or jolted about. The M2 Competition is so much more settled and composed than the M2 that it feels like an entirely new car rather than an updated one. Read More

Mystery Mustang Appears in New Ford Ad

Ford Motor Company dropped its first Bryan Cranston-filled “Built Ford Proud” commercial today, offering the Breaking Bad alumnus an opportunity to cast aspersions at the company’s rivals, including industry startups. It’s filled with Ted Talk-bashing, futurespeak-trashing bravado linked together with a thread of get ‘er done, implying that talk is cheap, and real progress takes hard work. Read More

APR To Unveil 536-HP VW Golf R RLMS At SEMA

Inside, there will be a track-ready cabin with a racing seat, harness, roll cage, and fire extinguisher.

APR specializes in tuning Volkswagen Group’s vehicles, and the company is bringing a very special Golf R to this year’s SEMA Show at the end of October. The firm calls this steaming hot hatch the RLMS, and this beast is ready for the track with 536 horsepower on tap.

The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is still the basis for the power, but it has the extra advantage of APR’s 3+ turbocharger kit and the firm’s two-piece wheels with Toyo tires. To dress up the look, there’s also a widebody kit that barely visible in the company’s teaser image above. Read More

BaT Auction: 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8 Mk III

This 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8 Mk III was reportedly purchased in 1969 by its second owner, who parked it from 1973 until it was acquired by the seller in October 2010. A subsequent rotisserie refurbishment included stripping and repainting the body, installation of a new top, interior refreshment, and overhaul of its 2.9-liter inline-six. Over 7k miles have been added since the build was completed in 2012. This BJ8 is offered in Winnipeg with a BMI Heritage Trust certificate, original bill of sale, manual, Shelley jack, spare parts, covers, and Manitoba registration in the seller’s name. Read More

Bassa Efficienza: 1990 Lamborghini LM002 in Chicago

This 1990 Lamborghini LM002 (VIN ZA9LU45A9LLA12251) is a mid-production example, one of 328 built from 1986 through 1993. Mileage is given as a very low 10k, meaning the Countach V12-powered beast’s tanks have been through only 2,000 gallons (give or take) of high-octane, and factory Midnight Blue metallic over an off-white leather cabin makes for a stunning visual contrast. Even if earlier carbureted examples have a slight edge in the department, these later injected 4x4s still sound almost unbelievably good, and this ones great colors, cosmetic condition, service history file and recent service make it especially daydream-worthy. Find it here at Nuccio Auto Group in Chicago, Illinois for $300k. Special thanks to BaT reader Kyle K. for this submission. Read More

BaT Auction: 2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon at No Reserve

This 2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon is finished in black over black and was purchased by the seller’s father in November 2015. It has been driven sparingly since and now shows 96k miles. The seller states that this wagon has been kept stock aside from removed exterior badges and limited paint work. Power comes from a 6.2-liter M156 V8 and 7-speed shiftable automatic transmission. Factory options include rear jump seats, rear door sunshades, Keyless Go, heated/ventilated front seats, bi-xenon headlamps, satellite radio, and more. This Mercedes is now being offered at no reserve as part of the seller’s father’s estate, with maintenance records since 2011, a VMI report, a clear Carfax report, and a clean Illinois title. Read More

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