Take A Peek Inside 2020 Mercedes GLS While It Waits At Stop Light

An official debut is apparently not coming anytime soon.

BMW’s first-ever X7 will soon face a fierce competition from arch-rival Mercedes-Benz. The next-generation GLS-Class should be out before the end of the decade so it comes as no surprise the German automaker is still testing heavily camouflaged prototypes.

A fresh new video from walkoART shows a trial car during a public roads test somewhere in Germany. The vehicle is still featuring body cladding to hide its actual shape and fake taillights which will be replaced by prettier units for the production version. There’s something weird going on at the back just below the taillights where there are two holes in the cladding, probably for easier access to the mounting points. Read More

F-Type Shooting Brake Is The Sporty Wagon Jaguar Won't Make

The two-door wagon body style suits the F-Type’s styling perfectly.

The number of true shooting brakes automakers are selling nowadays is precisely zero, as even though Mercedes has the long-roof CLA and Kia the ProCeed, at the end of the day these are just a bit more stylish wagons. If my memory serves me right, the most recent legitimate shooting brake is Zagato’s take on the Vanquish S, but you’d have to rob a bank to own one. Even if you have the means, you’re probably too late as only 99 cars will be made. Read More

Brabus G63 Has 23-Inch Wheels With Different Design For Each Side

Choose your side.

Leave it to Brabus to take an outlandish vehicle such as the new Mercedes-AMG G63 and make it an even more attention-grabber. The German tuners were among the first in the aftermarket scene to take a crack at upgrading the revamped G, and they decided to go all out with the 700 Widestar. The full customization package was unveiled a couple of months ago and now we’re able to take a better look courtesy of YouTube star Tim Burton a.k.a. Shmee150. Read More

2019 Renault Clio Refuses To Take Some Of The Camo Off

Like them or not, the “hidden” rear door handles are staying, and so are the drum brakes.

The revamped Renault Clio was a no-show last month in Paris, but as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait. The company with the diamond logo still hasn’t announced when exactly it will take the wraps off its fifth-gen supermini, but at least we do know for sure it’ll be out early next year. That leads us to believe the public debut is slated to take place at the beginning of March during the Geneva Motor Show, following a probable online reveal a few weeks sooner. Read More

VW Confirms Tie With Ford: Electric Cars Part Of the Package?

NOV 18 2018 BY MARK KANE

The Ford-Volkswagen EV riddle is still unsolved.

The rumors about the Volkswagen and Ford EV partnership are still alive as Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said that both manufacturers “identified other potential cooperation” (besides commercial vehicle partnership).

“Rumours of a VW and Ford tie-in have been circulating since the start of the month, with speculation that the brands will also develop electric vehicles together.” Read More

2019 SEAT Leon Spied Looking Sharp And Stylish Despite Camo

A concept for the fourth-gen Leon will be unveiled next March at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

Many people find the current Leon to be a sleeker alternative to the Golf, and while we don’t know how Wolfsburg’s eighth-gen hatch is going to look like (we’ve only seen test mules), we can confirm the revamped Leon will be quite the looker. Spied here wearing the full production body as well as the final lights, the compact five-door model appears to have a more upscale design underneath the camouflage. Read More

America Duels Nissan Titan In V8 Truck Drag Race

Can the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, and GMC Sierra score a victory against Japan?

A couple weeks back the guys over at The Fast Lane Truck held a rather epic half-ton pickup truck drag race. It’s not something we see all the time, but given the popularity of pickup trucks – not to mention the bragging rights that brand-loyal owners love to claim – it’s something that’s more than a passing interest to most. The previous showdown was won by the Ford F-150 and its EcoBoost V6, but apparently, the V8 crowd was none too happy with that and filled TFLT’s YouTube comments with demands for a rematch. Read More

2020 Toyota Corolla: See The Changes

Is Toyota’s new compact sedan an improvement over the old model?

The Toyota Corolla isn’t necessarily a machine that pops into mind when someone mentions the word car, but it’s certainly known all around the world. In fact, it’s among the best-selling cars of all time with over 46 million produced since the first-generation in 1966. So when Toyota unveils an all-new Corolla, it’s worth paying attention even if the Japanese compact isn’t at the top of your must-have list. Read More

Dodge Demon Catches Fire, Returns To Hell From Whence It Came

Nobody was injured, but this Demon won’t come back from the dead.

Dodge Demon on fire? We’re pretty sure there’s a hellfire joke in there somewhere, but on a serious note, this was someone’s very fast, very expensive car that is now a burnt-out shell.  Instagram user @gtfivehunnit posted a video of the car in flames, with a short description saying the inferno was caused by an exploding transmission. Read More

2019 Porsche Macan Starts Under $50K, Arrives Summer 2019

In America, the updated SUV produces 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet. It gets to 60 mph in as little as 6.1 seconds.

After unveiling the refreshed Macan way back in July, Americans finally get a chance to check out Porsche’s updated SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Buyers will have to wait even longer to put one in their garage because the revised Macan won’t go on sale in the U.S. until summer 2019. Prices will start at $49,900, plus an additional $1,050 for delivery – versus the current model’s base cost of $47,800. Read More

Take A Tour Of Rob MacCachren’s Bespoke LS3-Powered Pre-Runner

The 450 horsepower monster is specially-built to attack the treacherous Baja 1000.

At a recent event hosted by BFGoodrich in the Nevada desert, four-time Baja 1000 winner Rob MacCachren explained to Motor1.com the myriad of duties his custom pre-runner faces when it’s hard at work.

Baja teams use pre-runners to scout off-road courses prior to race day. It’s not unlike the recon trips rally teams undertake ahead of competition. But in addition to providing vital data to the race team, the car must also survive the same obstacles and brutal conditions as the race vehicles themselves. All this means a good pre-runner is built with both agility, speed, and durability in mind. Read More

Take A Tour Of Rob MacCachren’s Bespoke LS3-Powered Pre-Runner

The 450 horsepower monster is specially-built to attack the treacherous Baja 1000.

At a recent event hosted by BFGoodrich in the Nevada desert, four-time Baja 1000 winner Rob MacCachren explained to Motor1.com the myriad of duties his custom pre-runner faces when it’s hard at work.

Baja teams use pre-runners to scout off-road courses prior to race day. It’s not unlike the recon trips rally teams undertake ahead of competition. But in addition to providing vital data to the race team, the car must also survive the same obstacles and brutal conditions as the race vehicles themselves. All this means a good pre-runner is built with both agility, speed, and durability in mind. Read More

Baby Benz Concept Would Make An Adorable Addition To EQ Range

There would be a Smart version on the same platform, too.

Mercedes-Benz has a wide range of crossovers in its lineup ranging from the little GLA-Class to the rugged G-Class, but designer David Voltner sees room for one more. He would add a tiny Smart SUV, too.

Voltner came up with this idea during his internship at Mercedes’ design studio in Sindelfingen, Germany. He identified a hole in the automaker’s lineup between the top of Smart’s range and the bottom of the Mercedes lineup. This pair of SUVs is Voltner’s concept for the vehicles for competing in the missing section of the market. Read More

Atomic Camper Is The Crazy Cool RV Spaceship Of Your Dreams

It’s got everything you need for camping at Area 51, including a ray gun. Seriously, a ray gun.

Here’s something a little different in the camping world. Actually, it’s something completely different for pretty much anything, and it’s gloriously awesome.  No, this isn’t something from the new release of Fallout 76, though anyone familiar with the post-apocalyptic video-game franchise would agree this could be an epic addition to the action. In the game, we reckon this would be made from a fun spaceship ride or even an old nuclear bomb, but in the real world, this crazy camper isn’t made from anything. In fact, it’s just a couple years old, and it was hand-built by a guy in Alaska named Bill Guernsey. Read More

Whatever Volvo Is Teasing For L.A., It’s Not A Phone

It could be anything, except for a phone.

Volvo is teasing something enigmatic for the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. The sparse image shows what appears to be a phone sitting inside one of the brand’s vehicles, but a bold message on the device shows: “This Is Not A Phone.” What is it then?

 

The image suggests that Volvo is adding new functionality to an owners’ smartphones that would give the devices greater control of the vehicle. The automaker would hardly be alone in such a move because plenty of other companies offer apps for accessing features like adjusting temperature settings and remote engine starting. Read More

With Tesla, Long-Range Mercedes-Benz eSprinter Could Become Real

54 M BY ERIC LOVEDAY

Imagine a big ‘ol van (maybe even a camper version) with 300 or 400 miles of range!

The current electric Mercedes-Benz eSprinter lacks range, but if Tesla teamed up with Daimler, as hinted at by Elon Musk, that could change.

More Electric Sprinter News

Musk suggested, via Tweet, that the possibility exists to team with Daimler for an electric Sprinter project for potential use as part of Tesla’s mobile service fleet, but the possibilities really are endless if such a deal were to be inked. Read More

Ford Puma Trademark Application Could Be For Baby Bronco

The mountain-dwelling cat might be a perfect fit for the little off-roader.

Ford will allegedly revive the Puma model name, but it won’t be for a small sports coupe this time because the moniker will possibly appear on the Blue Oval’s baby Bronco. The evidence for the company potentially using this trademark comes from filings first discovered by Go Auto.

There are two trademark filings from Ford for Puma that the World Intellectual Property Office currently lists as “Pending.” One of them applies to the Australian market as of October 26, and the other is for New Zealand as of November 1. Both applications cover “motor land vehicles, namely automobiles, pick-up trucks, utility trucks, four-wheel drive vehicles and sports utility vehicles, and parts thereof.” Read More

McLaren MSO 720S Stealth Pays Homage To Le Mans Winning F1 GTR

The bespoke finish won’t be flying under anyone’s radar.

How does one make the exquisite McLaren 720S better? It’s already among the quickest road-legal cars in the world, and its body lines aren’t too shabby either. McLaren Special Operations reckons it might be too visible, and while a dark gray finish might seem like a stealthy shade to some, trimming it with red means this “Stealth” 720S won’t go under unnoticed by anyone. Read More

Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR Spied During Return To Nürburgring

Manthey Racing might be trying to make the record-holder even quicker.

For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, Manthey Racing is continuing to run its Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR around the Nürburgring, despite setting a new road-legal car lap record at the Nordschleife in November. If the crew intends to set an even better time, then the weather this year might not cooperate much longer before the snow starts to fall. Read More

Lamborghini Urus High Speed Run Shows Amazing Acceleration

It’s called a Super SUV for a reason…

Corsa mode: check; launch control: check; unrestricted (we hope) section of the road: check – time for a top speed run with the talk of the SUV town. It’s the new Urus, or if you prefer, a Porsche Cayenne Turbo on steroids prescribed by the doctors in Sant’Agata Bolognese. The LM002’s spiritual successor is Lamborghini’s first modern SUV and here we can see it trying to pass off as a Huracan or Aventador. Well, almost. Read More

Carlos Ghosn Allegedly Arrested For Under-Reporting Income [UPDATE]

Nissan is expected to fire him in the new few days.

[UPDATE]: Nissan has issued an official press release confirming the reports and saying an internal investigation within the company has been conducted over the past several months. The investigation revealed that “over many years both Ghosn and Kelly have been reporting compensation amounts in the Tokyo Stock Exchange securities report that were less than the actual amount, in order to reduce the disclosed amount of Carlos Ghosn’s compensation.” Read More

MotoGP Fastest Qualifier Marc Marquez Wins BMW M3 CS

Not that we’re counting, but that’s his sixth BMW…

An M6 Coupe in 2013, an M4 Coupe in 2014, an M6 Convertible in 2015, an M2 Coupe in 2016, an M4 CS in 2017, and now this – an M3 CS. Marc Marquez has claimed the title for the fastest MotoGP qualifier for the sixth consecutive year and that means he gets to drive home yet another shiny new BMW. Read More

Lamborghini Espada Spiritual Successor Under Consideration

Just don’t expect it anytime soon.

2018 is shaping up to become the eighth consecutive yearly growth for Lamborghini with deliveries estimated to reach up to 5,500 units. That would be a major increase compared to last year’s 3,815-unit record, and it’s mostly thanks to the Urus SUV’s launch. Sant’Agata Bolognese’s initial plan was to make 3,500 examples per year of the LM002’s spiritual successor, but it’s already trying to figure out how to boost output to 4,000 – 4,500 examples. Read More

Porsche Taycan Brings Its Fake Exhaust To The Nurburgring

Come on, Porsche – stop teasing us already.

Porsche keeps playing its game of “this is an ICE-powered prototype” around the Nurburgring where it is testing its first fully-electric vehicle, confirmed to be named the Taycan (pronounced as Tie-Kahn). We have no idea why the German sports car maker is still using fake exhaust tips at the back of this trial vehicle, as it has already made it clear it will not “lower itself to gimmicks” and use V8 in its all-electric sports car. Read More

Straight-Piped Porsche Carrera GT Doing Donuts Sounds Heavenly

Few things in life sound better than Porsche’s V10.

With a naturally aspirated V10 engine hooked up to a manual gearbox, the Porsche Carrera GT is a purist’s wet dream. Looking strictly at its specifications and comparing them with today’s four-digit-horsepower supercars, the former flagship from Stuttgart isn’t particularly impressive, but there’s more to this relatively rare mid-engined machine than its output or performance numbers. Read More

From C1 To C7: Discover How The Chevy Corvette Has Evolved

Seven generations of American high-performance machines have created one of the longest-surviving sports cars.

With the highly anticipated debut of the Chevy Corvette C8 right around the corner, we figured it would be the right time to look back at all seven generations of what many people consider to be the quintessential American sports car. It only seems fair to take a trip down memory lane after doing the same about a month ago for another model situated at the core of the performance genre, the Ford Mustang. Read More

Supercar Rev Battle: Chiron, Ford GT, 720S, Urus, 458 Speciale

Which do you think is the loudest among these supercars?

Before you watch the video above, you might want to get a good pair of headphones, plug it into your device, and set it to full blast. 

DragTimes came up with a new video that would satisfy those who love the sweet sound of exhaust pipes. Per the video’s description, these guys took these exciting supercars out after the first annual exotics in Las Olas blvd. in Florida. Instead of the usual drag races that the Youtube channel shoots, it pits six supercars in a rev battle. Read More

The Most Dangerous Toyota Prius Has An M61 Vulcan Cannon

Who says war machines can’t be friendly to the environment?

“Because Raptors are expensive.”

True enough, when tasked to incorporate an M61 Vulcan – a rotary cannon that can shoot 6,600 rounds of 20-millimeter ammunition per minute – the first vehicles that would probably pop into your head are pickup trucks, specifically, the monstrous Ford F-150 Raptor. But coffee producer Black Rifle Coffee Company (BRCC) begs to differ and installed an M61 Vulcan into a Toyota Prius. Why? Refer to the quoted statement above.  Read More

You'll Pay More For A Tesla Model 3 Due To The Tesla Stretch

THE ‘TESLA STRETCH’ IS PROVING CAR BUYERS WILL PAY MORE FOR A MODEL 3

The Tesla Model 3 is turning out to be an electric car that’s seducing car buyers across multiple market segments. According to CleanTechnica, “45% of current electric car drivers plan to buy a Tesla next.” Okay, that’s understandable. Non-Tesla EV drivers might be interested in a Tesla. That said, it’s extraordinary how many gas-powered car owners, from vastly different auto segments, are transitioning to Teslas. Read More

Huge Macau GP Crash Saw Formula 3 Car Flying Off Race Track

Fortunately, everyone involved in the accident lives to see another day, including driver Sophia Floersch.

The Macau Grand Prix is underway, and besides the exhilarating races, some unwanted things happen due to the nature of the sport. Just today, driver Sophia Floersch of Van Amersfoort Racing got involved in a huge crash that saw her Formula 3 race car flying off of the race track and onto a fencing occupied by marshals and photographers. Read More

Mercedes-AMG A45 Spied Casually Strolling In Germany

The dialed-up A-Class hatchback looks better in grey.

The Mercedes-AMG A45 is undoubtedly the most-exciting trim in the A-Class lineup, even more thrilling than the Paris-revealed AMG A35. Why? Because of this magic number – 400. At the launch of the A35, AMG’s boss Tobias Moers has confirmed that the all-new A45 will employ more than 400 horses inside its bonnet, coming from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot engine. Even better, it will also come with a newly-developed 4MATIC setup with E63’s Drift mode and an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Read More

Top Gear Checks Out The Dallara Stradale On Track

Its lightweight construction makes this sports car a track-contender.

The Dallara brand has been known in the world of motorsport before it launched the Stradale – its very first production car.

Before coming up with the Stradale, the Italian brand has been in the business of making lightweight chassis for brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, and Alfa Romeo. Some of its products have also been used in the development of Formula 1 and Formula 3 cars.  Read More

Can Tesla Model X Beat Lamborghini Aventador S On A Drag Strip?

The results might surprise you.

Remember when a Tesla Model X smoked three high-powered SUVs on a drag strip last week? Apparently, one of the contenders of that race, the one driving the turquoise-chrome-wrapped Lamborghini Urus, wanted a rematch. Yianni Charalambous of Yiannimize – a vehicle wrapping shop in London – wants to pit his similarly-wrapped Aventador S against the Tesla Model X, and he wanted to make sure he’d win this time. Read More

Classic Ford Mustang Becomes A 3-Second Electric Supercar

NOV 14 2018 BY DOMENICK YONEY

Be ready to pony up a quarter million in cash.

There are few shapes today as iconic in the automotive world as the Ford Mustang. We’re talking about the originals from the sixties, not the late-model pretenders. The problem is, of course, these classics are gas-powered and not really up to the performance standards of today. Plus, they don’t make ’em anymore. Enter Charge Cars, which is set to change all that. Read More

Turbo-4 Or N/A V6? 2019 Wrangler Dyno Test Helps You Decide

There’s quite a sizable difference in the torque figures of both engines.

As you know by now, the 2019 Jeep Wrangler is offered with two gasoline engine choices – a direct injection, four-cylinder 2.0-liter with a turbocharger and the Chrysler‘s revamped naturally-aspirated Pentastar V6. Buyers of the off-roader are facing a tough decision, especially when you take a quick peek at both of each variant’s spec sheet: 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque for the V6, while the force-inducted mill is at 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Read More

Neighbors Not Too Happy About Man Parking 38 Cars On The Road

The guy is allegedly renting out the cars through an app.

The existence or non-existence of a law doesn’t exempt anyone from the moral obligations that a horrid act ensues.

The statement above applies perfectly to the following story. While it seems illegal for someone to park 38 cars in a single area, it apparently is legal (and happening) in Illinois, specifically on the 4700 block of North Kenmore Avenue in the city of Chicago. According to a local NBC news report, every parking spot in the said area has been occupied by a single man, who’s allegedly renting out the cars to people through an app called Turo – a rent-a-car app that operates like the Airbnb. Read More

McLaren, Sparco Develop Lightest FIA-Certified Race Suit

Please don’t wear it out in public.

If you’re a hardcore core racer, then you know the importance of a good race suit. Not only does it have to protect you, but it also has to be comfortable, too. McLaren and Sparco have partnered and developed a new race suit—the McLaren SP16+—that is at least 10 percent lighter than any other suit on the market. McLaren F1 Racing Team drivers have worn the suite since 2016, and for $3,009 (£2,344 at current exchange rates) you can own one, too. The price is steep, but the suits look groovy. The automaker will let you customize them, too.  Read More

McLaren, Sparco Develop Lightest FIA-Certified Race Suit

Please don’t wear it out in public.

If you’re a hardcore core racer, then you know the importance of a good race suit. Not only does it have to protect you, but it also has to be comfortable, too. McLaren and Sparco have partnered and developed a new race suit—the McLaren SP16+—that is at least 10 percent lighter than any other suit on the market. McLaren F1 Racing Team drivers have worn the suite since 2016, and for $3,009 (£2,344 at current exchange rates) you can own one, too. The price is steep, but the suits look groovy. The automaker will let you customize them, too.  Read More

BMW Builds 'Monza Sahara' In Desert So X5 Can Play In Sandbox

The famous Italian race track is faithfully recreated in every way, but with sand instead of pavement.

Automakers spend lots of time and money trying to convince people that their SUVs are seriously capable in off-road situations. On the flip side, these people movers – especially those with posh nameplates – have a reputation as being shopping mall warriors that might only see dirt when it washes across the pavement after a storm. BMW wanted to leave no doubts about what its X5 can do when the tarmac turns to sand, because it literally turned tarmac to sand by recreating the legendary Monza racing circuit in the Sahara Desert of Morocco. Read More

Self-Driving Cars Will Lead To More Highway Hanky Panky

People may pass on roadside motels and sleep as the car drives itself.

There’s been plenty of physical and digital ink spent discussing how self-driving cars will change society. There will likely be monumental shifts in the types of jobs available as the need for drivers drops drastically. However, there are other, social changes that could occur, which a new paper published in the journal Annals of Tourism Research explorers.  Read More

Owner Of Three Million Mile Volvo P1800S Dies

Irv Gordon, owner of the famous three million mile Volvo P1800S, has passed away aged 77, according to sources in the American Volvo community. Gordon was on a trip to China at the time of his death.

Gordon became famous in classic car circles for running his indestructible P1800S to a scarcely believable three million mile mark, in what is certified by Guinness World Records as the highest mileage count for a single production car ever. Read More

Damaged Ford Mustang Gets Reborn As A … Comic Strip?

This neat little slice-of-life story leaves us with more questions than answers.

It’s safe to say you won’t see a 2018 Ford Mustang like this anywhere else in the world. It’s the product of Fabrizio De Tommaso, an extremely talented artist who comic book aficionados might recognize for his connection to the Italian series Dylan Dog. He recently turned his creative eye to this 2018 Mustang with “irrepairable internal damage,” unleashing several cans of spray paint to create an all-new Pony Car ready to fight the darkness. We know this because it literally says as much on the car, and also, there’s a bald dude on the hood who looks seriously ready to throw down. Or he might be constipated, which could be a fight against darkness in a very different context. But we digress. Read More

New BMW Corners Like It's On Rails: Because It's A Bobsled

This could be the quickest ever BMW that doesn’t have an engine.

The next Winter Olympic Games isn’t until 2022 in Beijing, China, but BMW is already preparing to help the German Bobsleigh, Luge, and Skeleton Federation by building the squad’s two-man bobsled. The first prototype is already in the automaker’s wind tunnel, and the initial tests on ice start before the end of the year. Read More

Refreshed Buick LaCrosse Photos Leak Online

The big sedan gains a sharper-edged face thanks in large part to the new headlights.

The refreshed look for the Buick LaCrosse has leaked online thanks to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China. The big sedan gains a thoroughly revised front and some smaller tweaks at the tail.

The tweaks give the Lacrosse a new set of headlights, and they create a much sharper appearance at the front end of the sedan. The lamps now point into the center of the grille and touch the surround. A tweaked lower fascia incorporates L-shaped metallic trim adds a different visual flourish to the vehicle’s corners. Read More

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